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The Borg scale is a form of rating scale.
It can be compared to other linear scales such as the Likert scale or a visual analogue scale. The sensitivity and reproducibility of the results are broadly very similar, although the Borg may outperform the Likert scale in some cases.
Use in sports psychology[edit | edit source]
In sports psychology and particularly exercise testing, the Borg RPE Scale measures perceived exertion. In medicine this is used to document the patient's exertion during a test, and sports coaches use the scale to assess the intensity of training and competition. The original scale introduced by Gunnar Borg rated exertion on a scale of 6-20. Borg then constructed a category (C) ratio (R) scale, the Borg CR10 Scale. This is especially used in clinical diagnostic of breathlessness and dyspnea, chest pain, angina and musculo-skeletal pain.
The seemingly odd range of 6-20 is to follow the general heart rate of a healthy adult by multiplying by 10. For instance, a perceived exertion of 12 would be expected to coincide with a heart rate of roughly 120 beats per minute.
References[edit | edit source]
- Borg's Perceived Exertion and Pain Scales. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 1998
- PMID 5523831 (PMID 5523831)
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- Information about Gunnar Borg PhD MD hc. at Department of Psychology, Stockholm University
- More detailed description of the Borg scale at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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