Perceived Exertion During Exercise at Different Body Temperatures

  • Ulf Bergh
Part of the Wenner-Gren Center International Symposium Series book series (WGS)


Rated perceived exertion (RPE) is positively related to a number of physiological variables, e.g. heart rate (Borg, 1961), oxygen uptake (Ekblom and Goldbarg, 1971). Many of these functions are subjected to considerable alterations as well at lowered (see Bergh, 1980) and at elevated body temperature (see Rowell, 1974). Therefore, experimental conditions that include body temperature alterations provide an opportunity to further study the relationship between RPE and various physiological variables. Furthermore, body temperature can affect performance (Asmussen and Böje, 1945; Kaijser, 1970; Bergh, 1980). Hence, it is possible to detect whether or not RPE mirrors the actual state of performance capability.


Body Temperature Heat Stress Oxygen Uptake Blood Lactate Physiological Variable 
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