Mark Einsiedel - Literature Review ___ revised

Mark Einsiedel - Literature Review ___ revised - Upon...

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Upon delving into past research on the subject matter, convincing evidence supports that listening to music while playing basketball can provide a performance boost. Several works have already been published analyzing the effects of music on sport and exercise. I believe that through research I will be able to show significant proof that music can in fact increase work output and performance in athletes by allowing them to relieve stress and get “pumped up.” One of the leading researchers in the field of music and its effect on sports and exercise is Dr. Costas Karageorghis. Both his work, Psychophysical effects of music in sport and exercise: an update on theory, research and application , and his interview with SpikesMag expressed his view that music has potential benefits, both psychophysically and ergogenically, when compiled precisely. Different individuals respond to music in different ways, and for this reason, Dr. Karageorghis stressed that when utilizing music as a tool to increase an athlete’s performance, it is imperative that “athletes or exercise participants are involved in the selection of tracks, as this is likely to increase the potency of music-related effects” (Karageorghis, 2006). His research paper provided conclusive results that music, when applied efficiently, has the ability to improve the mood and allow for more aroused control in participants. Dr. Karageorghis’ work seems like strong evidence that music has the potential to provide that extra edge for athletes due to what he describes as “the tendency for humans to respond to the rhythmical qualities of music by synchronizing movement patterns to tempo” (Karageorghis, 2006). Furthermore, Dr. Karageorghis found that music help reduce perceived exertion by up to 10% and enhanced elite athletes to work up to 20% longer, right up to the point of exhaustion. Lastly, his work found that listening to music also improved skill acquisition through muscle memory, something I had failed to consider earlier.
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2010 for the course EMAE 172 taught by Professor Jimdrake during the Spring '09 term at Case Western.

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