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The Effects of Music on High-intensity Short-term Exercise in Well Trained Athletes

Author(s): Mohamed Jarraya | Hamdi Chtourou | Asma Aloui | Omar Hammouda | Karim Chamari | Anis Chaouachi | Nizar Souissi

Journal: Asian journal of Sports Medicine
ISSN 2008-000X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 233;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Anaerobic Threshold | Warm-up Exercise | Wingate test | Music

Purpose:The purpose of this investigation was to assess the effects of listening to music during warm-up on short-term supramaximal performances during the 30-s Wingate test in highly trained athletes.Methods:Twelve young male athletes (20.6±1.8 yrs, 177±4.4 cm and 72.3±5.3 kg) underwent two Wingate tests in separate sessions with a recovery period of 48 h in-between, either after a 10 min of warm-up with (MWU) or without (NMWU) music. High tempo music (> 120 to 140bpm) was selected for the study. Heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded after the warm-up (for HR = average of warm-up) and immediately after the Wingate test.Results: HR, RPE and the fatigue index during the Wingate test are not affected by the incorporation of music during warm-up. However, power output (Ppeak and Pmean) was significantly higher after MWU than NMWU (p < 0.05). The relative increases were 4.1 ± 3.6 and 4.0 ± 3.7 W·kg-1 for Ppeak and Pmean respectively. These findings demonstrated the beneficial effect of music duringwarm-up on short-term supramaximal performances.Conclusions: As it’s a legal method and an additional aid, music may be used during warm-up before performing activities requiring powerful lower limbs’muscles contractions during short-term supramaximal exercises.
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