Most testing and training studies make objective measurements of responses to exercise by
means of a wide range of physiological parameters of varying degrees of sophistication. However,
rarely do such studies take as their central theme how the individual feels in response to a test or
to exercise, before and after training. Some studies even conclude that a period of training has
had no measurable effects on their subjects because the range of measurements made before
and after training was unchanged -yet the subjects report that they felt better and could cope with
exercise more effectively.
Thus, the aim of this thesis is to describe a series of studies which examined the physiological
responses to exercise of middle-aged subjects with the emphasis placed on their subjective
reaction to that exercise before and after training. Rather than employ a battery of psychological
tests to assess such reactions the simple, but effective, expediency of using a single Rate of
Perceived Exertion (RPE) was adopted [continued]…
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.