Sport Sciences for Health

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 709–712 | Cite as

A pilot study: session-RPE method for quantifying training load in judo athletes

  • Raul Canestri
  • Rafael Lima KonsEmail author
  • Paulo Estevão Franco-Alvarenga
  • Cayque Brietzke
  • Flavio Oliveira Pires
  • Fernando Roberto de Oliveira
Short Communication


This study aimed to verify the relationship between perceived exertion (session-RPE) and heart rate (HR) methods when quantifying internal training loads in different judo training sessions. Nine male judo athletes performed two training sessions lasting 60 min with a 48 h interval between them: (1) randori and (2) technical–tactical. The internal training load was quantified through the session-RPE (CR 0–10) and the HR methods, as suggested elsewhere (Banister’s and Edwards methods). The Pearson’s linear correlation was used to verify the relationship between session-RPE and HR methods (p < 0.05). A significant positive correlation was found between session-RPE and HR method as suggested by Banister’s (r = 0.93; p < 0.001) or Edwards methods (r = 0.81; p = 0.007) in randori session. Accordingly, session-RPE was also correlated with HR of Banister’s (r = 0.90; p = 0.001) and Edwards methods (r = 0.81; p = 0.008) in technical–tactical session. Results of the present study suggested that the session-RPE may be reliable to quantify training load during judo training randori and technical–tactical when compared to different HR methods.


Rating of perceived exertion Heart rate Combat sports Training load 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest concerning this article.

Ethical approval

Ethical approval was obtained from the local Human Research Ethics Committee at the local university, in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.

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In the case of studies carried out on human beings, the authors confirm that the study was approved by the ethics committee and that the patients gave their informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Exercise Psychophysiology Research Group, School of Arts, Science and HumanityUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Biomechanics Laboratory, Center of SportsFederal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Physical EducationFederal University of LavrasLavrasBrazil

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