Music in Your Custom In Ear Headphones Can Enhance Sport Performance
Do you find that having music thumping through your custom in ear headphones makes your workout that much better, and more intense? Do you think listening to your favorite beats before your match gets you pumped up, allowing you to perform stronger? You’re not crazy… There is research to back up this theory!
Per The Sport Journal, “In the hotbed of competition, where athletes are often very closely matched in ability, music has the potential to elicit a small but significant effect on performance. Music also provides an ideal accompaniment for training.”
Customized Headphones: Run to the Beat
The research breaks down “five key ways in which music can influence preparation and competitive performances”:
- Dissociation. Playing music in your sports earphones “can narrow attention, in turn diverting the mind from sensations of fatigue.”
- Arousal Regulation. “Music alters emotional and physiological arousal and can therefore be used prior to competition or training as a stimulant, or as a sedative to calm “up” or anxious feelings. Music thus provides arousal regulation fostering an optimal mindset.”
- Synchronization. Synchronizing the beats playing in your customized headphones “with repetitive exercise is associated with increased levels of work output.”
- Acquisition of Motor Skills. “Music-accompanied dance and play [creates] opportunities to explore different planes of motion and improve coordination.”
- Attainment of Flow. “Researchers concluded that interventions including self-selected music and imagery could enhance athletic performance by triggering emotions and cognitions associated with flow.”
So next time you hit the gym, the court, or the field, pop in your custom sports earphones and let the tunes roll… you’ll perform that much better! For more information on ‘Music in Sport and Exercise’, please visit: http://www.thesportjournal.org/article/music-sport-and-exercise-update-research-and-application.
Athletes, tell us: What is your go-to song before getting in the game?