Borg Scale Essay

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What is the Borg scale? In sports 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 dyspnoea, chest pain, angina and muscular-skeletal pain. The Borg scale 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] References * Borg's Perceived Exertion and Pain Scales. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 1998 * Borg, G, "Perceived Exertion as an indicator of somatic stress", Scandinavian journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1970, 2(2), 92-98 PubMed * ^ S. Grant, T. Aitchison, E. Henderson, J. Christie, S. Zare, J. McMurray, and H. Dargie (1999) A comparison of the reproducibility and the sensitivity to change of visual analogue scales, borg scales, and Likert scales in normal subjects during submaximal exercise.doi:10.1378/chest.116.5.1208 * Adapted from Noble, et al. (1983) Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 15 (2): 523. Why was it devised? RPE A numerical scale, rating an individual's own subjective assessment of how hard he or she has worked during a physical activity. The Borg scale, devised by the Swedish physiologist Gunnar Borg, originally consisted of 15 grades from very, very light to very, very hard exertion. This has been modified in the New Borg Scale to take into account the fact that exercisers become more sensitive to changes of

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