Age Related Differences in the Validity of the OMNI Perceived Exertion Scale during Lifestyle Activities

Kelly R. Rice, Catherine Gammon, Karin Pfieffer, Stewart Trost
2015 Pediatric Exercise Science  
1 1 PURPOSE: The OMNI Perceived Exertion Scale was developed for children to report perceived effort while performing physical activity; however no studies have formally examined age-related differences in validity. This study evaluated the validity of the OMNI-RPE in four age groups performing a range of lifestyle activities. METHODS: 206 participants were stratified into four age groups: 6-8 years (n = 42), 9-10 years (n = 46), 11-12 years (n = 47), and 13-15 years (n = 71). Heart rate and VO
more » ... 2 were measured during 11 activity trials ranging in intensity from sedentary to vigorous. After each trial, participants reported effort from the OMNI walk/run scale. Concurrent validity was assessed by calculating within-subject correlations between OMNI ratings and the two physiological indices. RESULTS: The average correlation between OMNI ratings and VO 2 was 0.67, 0.77, 0.85 and 0.87 for the 6-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15 y age groups, respectively. CONCLUSION: The OMNI RPE scale demonstrated fair to good evidence of validity across a range of lifestyle activities among 6-15 year old children. The validity of the scale appears to be developmentally related with RPE reports closely reflecting physiological responses among children older than 8 years.
doi:10.1123/pes.2014-0007 pmid:25389197 fatcat:67hdf33r35cihad3fxtajqg53u