We all have that favorite song that we can’t get out of our heads but can music manipulate athletes to do better in sport?
According to Sport Journal music can help bring focus and can significantly help the performer. One way music can help is with changing your state of mind, mood set, fatigue. Although this doesn’t make your workout easier it makes your experience more enjoyable. Another way music can help is to help pump up or relax the performer. The louder and more upbeat the song is the more pumped or anxious the athlete gets and same thing vice versa (slower music). According to the article on the Effect of Synchronous Music on Performance humans respond to the music tempo and rhythm of music. They found that the higher the tempo the better the performer is at higher intensity workouts. They tested this many different ways having groups of athletes running to different styles of music. Some coaches even withhold music from athletes and use it as a treat or a motivational prize if the athlete reaches the coaches expectations.
Music isn’t just for workouts, According to The Sync Project music is also good to listen too when warming up as it raises your heart rate. They also said that listening to music in recovery stage so when you finish your workout helps with your physical recovery as you are tend to be more relaxed.
Now just cause you are not an athlete doesn’t mean you can’t do this. I was just bring attention to how music can help performance levels and you can see that helping with athletes. So go put on your favorite music and go enjoy your workout.