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Music in Sport and Exercise: An Update on Research and Application Submitted by: To a greater degree than in the original article, this article focuses on the applied aspects of music in sport and exercise. Moreover, it highlights some new research trends emanating not only from our own publications, but also from the work of other prominent researchers in the field.
The content is oriented primarily towards the needs of athletes and coaches. An Update on Research and Application With the banning of music by the organizers of the New York Marathon making global headlines, the potentially powerful effects of music on the human psyche were brought into sharp focus.
The marathon committee upheld this ban, which is often otherwise overlooked, justifying its action in terms of safety. The response to the ban was emphatic. Hundreds of runners flouted the new regulation and risked disqualification from the event—such was their desire Sports influence society run to the beat.
Experience at other races around the world confirms the precedent set in New York; try to separate athletes from their music at your peril!
But why is music so pivotal to runners and to sports people from a wide variety of disciplines? Music also provides an ideal accompaniment for training.
Scientific inquiry has revealed five key ways in which music can influence preparation and competitive performances: Dissociation During submaximal exercise, music can narrow attention, in turn diverting the mind from sensations of fatigue.
This diversionary technique, known to psychologists as dissociation, lowers perceptions of effort. Effective dissociation can promote a positive mood state, turning the attention away from thoughts of physiological sensations of fatigue.
This effect holds for low and moderate exercise intensities only; at high intensities, perceptions of fatigue override the impact of music, because attentional processes are dominated by physiological feedback, for example respiration rate and blood lactate accumulation.
Although music does not reduce the perception of effort during high intensity work, it does improve the experience thereof: It makes hard training seem more like fun, by shaping how the mind interprets symptoms of fatigue.
Nevertheless, the runner is likely to find the experience more pleasurable. The bottom line is that during a hard session, music has limited power to influence what the athlete feels, but it does have considerable leverage on how the athlete feels. Music thus provides arousal regulation fostering an optimal mindset.
Ostensibly, fast tempi are associated with higher arousal levels than slow tempi. Karageorghis and Lee examined the interactive effects of music and imagery on an isometric muscular endurance task which required participants to hold dumbbells in a cruciform position for as long as possible.
The authors found that the combination of music and imagery, when compared to imagery only, music only, or a control condition, enhanced muscular endurance see Figure 1although it did not appear to enhance the potency of the imagery.
The main implication of the study was that employing imagery to a backdrop of music may be a useful performance-enhancement strategy that can be integrated in a pre-event routine. Synchronization Research has consistently shown that the synchronization of music with repetitive exercise is associated with increased levels of work output.
This applies to such activities as rowing, cycling, cross-country skiing, and running. Musical tempo can regulate movement and thus prolong performance. Synchronizing movements with music also enables athletes to perform more efficiently, again resulting in greater endurance.
Mean m times for synchronous motivational music, synchronous oudeterous music, and a no-music control. Acquisition of Motor Skills Music can impact positively on the acquisition of motor skills.
Think back to elementary school days and your initial physical education lessons, which were probably set to music. Music-accompanied dance and play created opportunities to explore different planes of motion and improve coordination.
Scientific studies have shown that the application of purposefully selected music can have a positive effect on stylistic movement in sport Chen, ; Spilthoorn,although there has been no recent research to build upon initial findings.
There are three plausible explanations for the enhancement of skill acquisition through music. First, music replicates forms of bodily rhythm and many aspects of human locomotion.
Hence, music can transport the body through effective movement patterns, the body providing an apparent visual analogue of the sound.
Second, the lyrics from well-chosen music can reinforce essential aspects of a sporting technique. Recent research in sports settings has indeed found that music promotes flow states. Using a single-subject, multiple-baselines design, Pates, Karageorghis, Fryer, and Maynard examined the effects of pre-task music on flow states and netball shooting performance of three collegiate players.
Two participants reported an increase in their perception of flow, and all three showed considerable improvement in shooting performance. The researchers concluded that interventions including self-selected music and imagery could enhance athletic performance by triggering emotions and cognitions associated with flow.
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