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With Perceived Exertion for Practitioners: Rating Effort With the OMNI Picture System, you’ll have the most up-to-date, innovative way to rate clients’ physical exertion in your professional practices. You’ll be able to expand your knowledge of perceived exertion as used today by health and fitness specialists and clinical therapeutic practitioners, and you’ll learn how to apply the newly developed OMNI Picture System of perceived exertion.
Author and highly acclaimed researcher Robert Robertson developed the OMNI Picture System, which uses picture scales to enable exercisers to rate their exertion visually. In this text, Dr. Robertson presents real-life scenarios involving perceptually based exercise assessments and programming using the OMNI Scaling System. The scenarios focus on people with various training and conditioning needs, from improving personal health to developing recreational and competitive fitness. By rating their effort based on pictures of other exercisers, your clients will be able to accurately set and regulate their conditioning intensity using a target rating of perceived exertion (RPE) zone.
Special features of Perceived Exertion for Practitioners include the following:
11 OMNI picture scales, which apply to all types of exercise and are reproducible for use as handouts, in fitness facilities, and in classrooms
Sample instructions on what to say to clients in various situations
Both clinical and field-based perceptual tests for use in aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance exercise assessments
Case studies that describe the clients’ characteristics, identify the exercise need, and present an action plan to meet that need using RPE as the training zone
Actual programs for aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance training that employ OMNI Scale RPE zones to guide intensity
Perceived Exertion for Practitioners gives you a broader understanding of perceived exertion, and you’ll be able to apply what’s in the text by using the 11 picture scales included. The text is a must-have for anyone looking for a better way to use ratings of perceived exertion to develop training programs.
Chapter 1. Perceived Exertion
Perceived Exertion Knowledge Base
Range Model: Cornerstone of Perceived Exertion Measurement
Exertional Mediators and Symptoms: An Explanation
Perceived Exertion Terms and Definitions
Chapter 2. The OMNI Picture System of Perceived Exertion
The Why and How of the OMNI Scale
OMNI Scale Reliability
OMNI Scale Validity
Instructions and Procedures for Using the OMNI Scale
Limbs and Chest Ratings of Perceived Exertion
Unique Features and Advantages of the OMNI Picture System
Chapter 3. Traditional Methods for Rating Perceived Exertion
How to Select a Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale
How to Use a Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale
Scale Anchoring Procedures
Scaling Skills: Learning and Practice
Identification of Scaling Difficulties
Solutions for the Health-Fitness Client
Solutions for the Research Subject
Is There a Dominant Rating of Perceived Exertion?
Chapter 4. Tests of Health-Fitness and Sport Performance Using Rating of Perceived Exertion
Rating of Perceived Exertion As a Test Guide
Assessing Aerobic Fitness
Workpeak Test of Anaerobic Power
Special Testing Considerations
Chapter 5. Exercise Programs Using a Target Rating of Perceived Exertion
Estimation-Production Prescription Procedure
Target Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones for Cross-Training
Walking and Running Exchanges
Intermittent Exercise Using Sliding Target Ratings of Perceived Exertion
Target Ratings of Perceived Exertion: Overall Versus Active Muscle
Target Heart Rate Helper
Problems and Solutions
Chapter 6. OMNI Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones for Health-Fitness and Weight Loss
Health-Fitness Goals in the Club and Clinic
What Is a Rating of Perceived Exertion Training Zone?
Using Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones for Fitness and Weight Loss
Chapter 7. Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones for Special Clients and Conditions
Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones for Women, Older Clients, and Children
Environmental Influences on Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones
Occupational Applications of Ratings of Perceived Exertion
Chapter 8. Rating of Perceived Exertion Training Zones for Competition
Overload Training Principle
Quantity and Quality Overload Training
Core Rating of Perceived Exertion Training Zones
Rating of Perceived Exertion Training Zones for Resistance Exercise
Rating of Perceived Exertion Indices of Overtraining Syndrome
Tracking Training Progress
Chapter 9. Exercise Testing and Training for the Rehabilitation
Patient Using Ratings of Perceived Exertion
Exercise Therapy for the Cardiac Patient
Effect of Cardiac Medications
Rating of Perceived Exertion Therapeutic Zones for Group Exercise
Rating of Perceived Exertion and Cardiac Transplant Patients
Rating Scales for Pulmonary Disease and Pain
Rating of Perceived Exertion Severity Index for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Rating of Perceived Exertion Zones for Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Category Scales for Exertional and Clinical Pain
Summary of Rating of Perceived Exertion Clinical Applications
Reference for fitness specialists, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, clinical exercise physiologists, and allied health professionals.
Robert J. Robertson, PhD, is professor of exercise physiology at the University of Pittsburgh and codirector of the Center for Exercise and Health-Fitness Research. He is responsible for the development, validation, and application of the OMNI Picture System of perceived exertion assessment. Since earning his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973, Dr. Robertson has had extensive teaching, research, and writing experience in the field of perceived exertion. The results of his research have been published in refereed journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Robertson is coauthor of Perceived Exertion (Human Kinetics 1996) and associate editor for the psychobiology section of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He is a program director and fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).