The effects of familiar and unfamiliar music on maximal running performance
LE3 .A278 2012
Bachelor of Kinesiology
Music is thought by many to play a role in exercise performance enhancement. The purpose of the current study was to examine whether familiar music or unfamiliar music will have an ergogenic effect on physiological, psychological and biomechanical variables during a maximal exercise task when compared to a control condition. Thirteen female participants of varying fitness levels who exercise regularly with music were recruited in this study. Each participant completed all three conditions in a randomized order. Music was presented via headphones and each participant provided a set list of music they were familiar with and regularly exercised with. This was matched with a set list of music unfamiliar to the participant and a third control (no music) condition was performed by each person as well. A modified Ǻstrand treadmill protocol was used for all three conditions. Participants were required to run until they reached voluntary fatigue. Measures of heart rate, ventilation, perceived exertion, oxygen consumption and strides taken were recorded throughout the trial and blood glucose and blood lactate were measured at the end of each condition. One-way ANOVAs were used to assess significance between the conditions and significance was accepted at 0.05. No statistically significant results were found for any of the variables. Small trends were noted for some variables, with the music conditions showing slightly greater effects on several variables measured. This study was unable to demonstrate an ergogenic effect of music (familiar or unfamiliar) in this diverse group of female exercisers. Keywords: music, physiology, psychology, maximal exercise, biomechanics
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