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  1. Steve Bird
  1. Department of Sport Science, Canterbury Christ Church University College Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom

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    Although the health benefits of regular exercise are well established, some sections of our community are faced with more than the usual number of barriers to their participation. Blind people represent a particular case as they are unable to receive the standard visual feedback from the displays on exercise machines. Consequently, whereas a sighted person may be provided with information on their work rate or heart rate, a blind person is deprived of this information. Consequently, the performance of a prescribed exercise intensity becomes problematic. This paper investigates the use of a braille version of the Borg RPE scale for the production of specified exercise intensities in a group of blind subjects. The use of such a scale should facilitate their working at the prescribed exercise intensities and make a small contribution towards assisting this section of our community towards participating in exercise and enjoying the benefits that are available to the fully sighted.

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