Can Music Improve Athletic Performance?

 

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music can really set a mood a little
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classical or jazz might relax your whole
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body while Papa rock music can get your
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blood pumping for a night out on the
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town but if music can seemingly enhance
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a mindset or help you resist mental
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fatigue can also affect athletic
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performance
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the term synchronous music refers to op
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tempo songs with a strong beat that
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coincide with the repetitive movements
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of a sport and it’s this type of music
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that leads to a higher work output in
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athletes particularly in sports that
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involve endurance with rhythmic or
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repetitive movements such as
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cross-country skiing this is put into
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practice as Haile Gebrselassie famously
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synchronized his running stride to the
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rhythmical pop song scatman when
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breaking the 10,000 meter world record
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studies show that music can act as both
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a cognitive and physical stimulant
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especially when the music has a personal
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meaning to the individual for athletes
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who suffer from pre-competition anxiety
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music can be used to enhance mood
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self-esteem and confidence even during
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competition music and narrow an
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athlete’s attention diverting focus away
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from sensations of fatigue in studies of
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athletes using music those who listen to
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pop songs during training or warm-ups
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had higher heart rates and increased
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muscle power compared to those who
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trained without music furthermore
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because music can trigger emotion it was
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documented to enhance mental imagery a
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technique in which athletes picture
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themselves mastering a sport before
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competition this state of mind is
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crucial for all athletes particularly
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before major events funny enough coaches
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even withhold music from athletes
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sometimes as a motivational tool
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athletes are told they can use music
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during training sessions only once they
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have reached a specific productivity
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level so which music works best
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almost all findings found that listening
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to music period regardless of
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composition or speed enhanced
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performance compared to no music however
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music with an upbeat tempo of greater
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than 120 beats per minute yielded the
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