Perceived effort for reaching is associated with self-reported fatigue
Stewart, Jill C.
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Perceived effort for goal-directed reaching may be impacted by the level of self-reported fatigue, however, the relationship between self-reported fatigue and perceived effort has not been examined. We examined how perceived effort changed under varied reach conditions and the relationship between fatigue, perceived effort and reach performance. Twenty-three young adults performed reach actions toward 9 different targets on a digitizing tablet. Perceived effort was measured using the Borg Rate of Perceived Exertion and Paas Mental Effort Rating Scale. Self-reported fatigue was quantified using the Fatigue Scales for Motor and Cognitive Functions. As reach conditions became more difficult, perceived effort increased significantly. Further, individuals who reported greater fatigue also reported greater perceived effort and showed greater endpoint error during reaching.