MATS Score

MATS Score: A Scientific Approach to Quantifying Training Load

The MATS Score is intricately tied to the principle of Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE), a concept emphasizing the significance of an athlete’s subjective assessment of effort as a crucial determinant for training intensity. This notion, pioneered by Dr. Gunnar Borg, initially introduced an RPE scale spanning from 6 (indicating no exertion) to 20 (representing maximal exertion). Modern adaptations frequently streamline this to a 1-10 scale, the paradigm from which the MATS Score is derived. Importantly, the MATS Score represents a nuanced adaptation of this scale, taking into account the physiological intricacies of exercise.

Furthermore, the MATS Score is contingent upon the activity’s duration. The final metric is achieved by amalgamating the adjusted RPE with the activity’s duration in minutes.

 

Implementing the MATS Score Methodology:

  • Session Completion: Undertake the designated exercise session, which could encompass activities ranging from running and cycling to weightlifting.
  • Post-Session Introspection: It is advised to allocate a 10-20 minute intermission post-training prior to determining the MATS Score by adjusting the crosshair’s orientation (horizontale movement). This interval mitigates the immediate effects of fatigue or post-exercise elation, fostering a more precise RPE appraisal.
  • Automated Calculation: The MATS system autonomously computes the MATS Score post input.
  • Interpretive Visualization: The encapsulating circle’s hue around the score offers an intuitive insight into the session’s subjective experience. This hue can be modified by vertical crosshair adjustments. For instance, a taxing session might still be perceived positively, whereas a low-intensity training might be interpreted adversely.

 

The MATS Score’s cumulative or average value over specific durations can be pivotal in discerning the training load an athlete can sustain over a designated training period.

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