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Acción Psicológica

On-line version ISSN 2255-1271Print version ISSN 1578-908X

Abstract

GIL-MORENO-DE-MORA, Gonzalo; PALMI GUERRERO, Joan  and  PRAT-SUBIRANA, Joan Antoni. Assessment of the Subjective Perception of Fatigue in Competition Motorcyclists Rally-Raid Dakar. Acción psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.14, n.1, pp.93-104. ISSN 2255-1271.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/ap.14.1.19265.

Athletes participating in the Rally-raid Dakar must show their competence to respond to a long-term effort involving psychological and physiological limiting factors due to the accumulated fatigue during the effort. The objective of this research was to analyze the suitability of different instruments to evaluate the fatigue perception of motorcyclists in competition. The research design is single case, with one participant (motorcyclist). The study consisted of two training sessions that were developed in a circuit simulating the conditions of distance and difficulty of a stage. The instruments were the POMS questionnaire (McNair et al., 1971), the RPE-Borg scale (Borg, 1982) for the recording of perceived effort, VAS-fatigue scale (Lee et al., 1991), and SEES (McAuley & Courneya, 1994) for assessing the fatigue perception. In the results and discussion section, we analyze the data obtained, establishing different conclusions in relation to the objective set. The POMS questionnaire was valid and sensitive, the VAS-fatigue, RPE and SEES-fatigue scales met the ease of use, validity and sensitivity requirements to the study performed.

Keywords : fatigue perception; motorcycling; rating scales; Dakar Rally.

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