Perceptual monitoring in strength and power: Michael McGuigan
A commonly accepted training principle is that a period of loading followed by
adequate rest results in improved performance (Lambert & Borresen, 2006). Due
to this, monitoring the various psychological and fatigue responses to a training sti-
mulus has become an important area of focus for many practitioners and research-
ers (Cormack, Newton, & McGuigan, 2008; Coutts, Slattery, & Wallace, 2007).
The general purpose of this work has been to develop tools to assist in optimizing
training programs and minimizing negative outcomes such as injury, illness, and/or
excessive fatigue that limits the ability to train. A number of methods have been
proposed to assist in this process. These include a variety of self-reporting question-
naires and perceptual measures such as the rating of perceived exertion (RPE;
Foster, Heimann, Esten, Brice, & Porcari, 2001). Other objective markers such as
neuromuscular and hormonal measures have also been proposed (Cormack et al.,
2008). The challenge for the practitioner is the implementation and interpretation
of data from valid and reliable measurement devices.