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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2015 April;55(4):361-7

language: English

Analysis of session-RPE and profile of mood states during a triathlon training camp

Comotto S. 1, 2, Bottoni A. 2, Moci E. 1, Piacentini M. F. 1, 3

1 Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy;
2 Italian Triathlon Federation, Rome, Italy;
3 Department of Human Physiology and Sportsmedicine, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium


AIM: The aim of the present study was to monitor the internal training load and profile of mood states (POMS) during a training camp in junior-elite triathletes.
METHODS: Sixteen (10 male and 6 female) young triathlon athletes (junior-elite: 18±1 yrs) were included in this study. All triathletes had been training for 7±3 years, and regularly trained 4 times a week 3h per session, throughout the year. The training camp (5 days) included two daily supervised training sessions. The CR-10RPE scale was used 30 minutes after every training session to evaluate session-RPE. POMS was administered 3 times during the training camp: at the beginning, on the 3rd day, and at the end of training camp.
RESULTS: Session-RPE throughout the different training days showed significant differences (P<0.001). POMS scores showed a significant increase (P<0.001) in fatigue from the first (7.8±1.4), to the third (10.5±2.2) and to the last day of training (14.2±3.4). At the end of the camp, lower (P<0.01) vigour values (12.7±2.8) emerged with respect to the first day (15.8±3.0), whereas anger decreased (P=0.015) the last day (8.6±2.2) with respect to the intermediate evaluation (9.6±2.7).
CONCLUSION: The 45% increase in fatigue, the 24% decrease in vigour, and the intraindividual variability in session RPE that emerged, indicates that young triathletes need to be monitored closely during training camps in order to individualize training to avoid training maladaptation such as non-functional overreaching.

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