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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.[1]

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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  1. DOI:10.1378/chest.116.5.1208
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