Validity of the online athlete management system to assess training load

Document Type

Journal Article


Human Kinetics Inc.


School of Medical and Health Sciences




Originally published as:

Menaspà, M. J., Menaspà, P., Clark, S. A., & Fanchini, M. (2017). VValidity of the online athlete management system to assess training load. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Advance online publication. doi:10.1123/ijspp.2017-0379

Original article available here.



The aim of this study was to validate the quantification of training load (s-RPE) in an Australian Olympic squad (women’s water polo), assessed with the use of a modified RPE scale collected via a newly developed online system (Athlete Management System, AMS). Methods:

Sixteen elite women water polo players (age 26 ± 3 y, height 1.78 ± 0.05 m, body mass 75.5 ± 7.1 kg) participated in the study. Thirty training sessions were monitored, for a total of 303 individual sessions. Heart rate was recorded during training sessions using continuous heart-rate telemetry. Participants were asked to rate the intensity of the training sessions on the AMS-RPE scale, using an online application within 30 min of the completion of the sessions. Individual relationships between s-RPE and both Banister TRIMP and Edward’s Method were analysed. Results:

Individual correlations with s-RPE ranged between r=0.51 to 0.79 (Banister TRIMP), and r=0.54 to 0.83 (Edward’s Method), respectively. The percentages of moderate and large correlation were 81% and 19% between s-RPE method and Banister TRIMP, and 56% and 44% between s-RPE and Edward’s Method. Conclusions:

The use of the online AMS application for assessing s-RPE was shown to be a valid indicator of internal training load and can be used in elite sport.