Ratings of perceived exertion in exercise prescription

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Rehabilitation specialists are well aware of the importance of avoiding exhaustion and overload when prescribing different types of exercise in rehabilitation patients. Emphasis is now placed on accurately assessing patients' physical capacity before prescribing an exercise program and teaching rehabilitation patients to pace themselves. The subjective rating of the intensity of exertion has proved to be a reliable and valid indicator of strain. It is generally accepted that perception of exertion is dominated by physiological determinants. Physiological sensory cues have been separated into two categories: local factors from muscles and joints and central factors from the cardiopulmonary system. Many studies on perceived exertion have also placed an emphasis on examining the contributing psychological factors. The purpose of this review article is to explore the rationale for the use of perceived exertion in the clinical rehabilitation setting for exercise prescription. Specifically, the focus will be on effective exercise intensity levels and adjusting the exercise prescription with perceived exertion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • exercise therapy
  • physical effort
  • rating of perceived exertion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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