Validation of the OMNI Scale of Perceived Exertion in a Sample of Spanish-Speaking Youth from the USA
Perceptual and Motor Skills
Whether the translation of verbal descriptors from English to Spanish affects the validity of the Children's OMNI Scale of Perceived Exertion is not known, so the validity of a Spanish version of the OMNI was examined with 32 boys and 36 girls (9 to 12 years old) for whom Spanish was the primary language. Oxygen consumption, ventilation, respiratory rate, respiratory exchange ratio, heart rate, and ratings of perceived exertion for the overall body (RPE-O) were measured during an incremental treadmill test. All response values displayed significant linear increases across test stages. The linear regression analyses indicated RPE-O values were distributed as positive linear functions of oxygen consumption, ventilation, respiratory rate, respiratory exchange ratio, heart rate, and percent of maximal oxygen consumption. All regression models were statistically significant. The Spanish OMNI Scale is valid for estimating exercise effort during walking and running amongst Hispanic youth whose primary language is Spanish.
Suminski R, Robertson RJ, Goss FL, Olvera N. Validation of the OMNI Scale of Perceived Exertion in a Sample of Spanish-Speaking Youth from the USA. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2008; 107(1). doi: 10.2466/pms.107.1.181-188.