Date of Award

Winter 4-28-2020

Thesis Access

Open Access Honors Thesis

Degree Name



Exercise and Sport Science

Faculty Advisor

Tamara Hew-Butler


BACKGROUND: College basketball is an intense team sport that utilizes both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems to play a 40-minute-long game and cover around 2-3 miles on average per game (Narazaki et al 2009). The high workloads can lead to fatigue, which increases injury risk (Garbenytė-Apolinskienė et al 2019). The purpose of this study is to compare subject ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) with objective measures of heart rate during pre-season training.

METHODS: Male and female basketball players from a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school wore a heart rate monitor (Firstbeat™) during the first 4 days of basketball practice. At the end of each workout, athletes rated how hard the entire session was (sRPE; session rating of perceived exertion) on a scale of 0 (not hard at all) to 10 (maximum effort possible).

RESULTS: 25 collegiate basketball players (14 females; 11 males) participated in this study. Males rated the workouts harder (sRPE 7.1±1.0) than females (sRPE 4.4±0.7), which was similar to average heartrate expressed as a percentage of max (%HRmax) for males (%HRmax 7.1±0.3) and females (%HRmax 6.6±0.4).

CONCLUSIONS: Males rated effort similar to actual heart rate measures while females subjectively underestimated actual heart rate.