Ratings of Perceived Recovery and Exertion in Elite Youth Soccer Players: Interchangeability of 10-Point and 100-Point Scales

Clemente, F.M., Rabbani, A., Araújo, J.P.

The purpose of this study was to examine the interchangeability of a new perceived recovery status scale (PRS) of 100 points through a comparison to the original 10-point version. Additionally, this study aimed to test the interchangeability of the CR100 scale (Borg’s rate of perceived exertion scale) in comparison to the CR10. Twenty-five male elite youth soccer players (age: 18.0 ± 0.5 years old; body mass: 70.1 ± 6.7 kg; height: 177.8 ± 6.5 cm; experience: 11.7 ± 1.2 years) from the same team competing in the first national under-19 competition participated in this study.

During two consecutive weeks, the players completed PRS (both 10- and 100-points) and CR10 and CR100 scales. Nearly perfect relationships were observed between 0-to-10 and 0-to-100 scales, both for recovery status (r = 0.96, confidence interval [0.95;0.97]) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) (r = 0.97 [0.97;0.98]). Moreover, almost 95% of individuals showed nearly-perfect-to-perfect associations between 0-to-10 and 0-to-100 in terms of RPE and recovery scales.

Based on these findings, both a PRS of 100 points and CR100 can be used interchangeably with a PRS of 10 points and CR10, respectively.

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