Monitoring exercise load and recovery during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup
Considering these factors, a well-balanced dosage of exercise load and recovery is essential for optimal preparation. For appropriate planning and control of training process, many methods exist to quantify and monitor training load (Lambert and Borresen, 2010). The session Rating of Perceived Exertion method (RPE-method) (Foster et al., 1996) has become popular in recent years and was validated for soccer (Impellizzeri et al., 2004). Compared to methods based on heart rate, the session RPE-method includes training stress from a variety of training types (e.g., high-intensity exercise, plyometric or sprint training) (Foster et al., 2001), as well as non-physiological factors such as psychological stress. Therefore, it may be more appropriate for tournament preparation.