The Importance Of Music On Athletic Performance

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Albert Einstein once said, "Life without playing music is inconceivable... I get most joy in life out of music." Music has been known to bring people joy, but can it bring people success? Music had been a constant in today’s society, whether it be through a computer, mp3, phone, or on the radio. Music is heard all throughout the world, and what is not known about it, is that it can enhance ones athletic ability. Music impacts athletic preparation and performance in five ways: dissociation, arousal regulation, synchronization, acquisition of motor skills, and attainment of flow. (http://www.thesportinmind.com/articles/how-can-music-influence-performance/) Acquisition of motor skill is where athleticism all begins. These motor skills include …show more content…
Flow is the ability to reach the highest natural potential. Music has shown to allow an athlete to reach his or her athletes highest natural ability. In 2003, Pates, Karageorghis, Fryer, and Maynard(http://thesportjournal.org/article/music-sport-and-exercise-update-research-and-application/), studied netball ( http://www.netball.org/netball/the-rules-of-netball) players’ flow state with the use of music before their practice. During the practice two players said that they felt an increase in flow but after, all three showed a substantial upgrade in their …show more content…
Whether it’s through the beat of the song, slow or fast, or lyrics, it’ strictly up to the preference of the athlete. Michael Phelps, most decorated olympian of all time, chooses to listen to hip-hop because it helps him “get focused” on the upcoming race. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/1002130-michael-phelps-before-race/) Phelps listens to “I’m Me” by Lil Wayne because it was a song he used to listen to in 2008 olympics and, he quotes, “Just the name of the song made sense to me, given where I 'm at right now, and how I felt at these Games.” He used the lyrics of the song to help him become “pumped” and in the zone and attain Flow.

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