Monday, March 17, 2014

Effects of music tempo on performance, psychological, and physiological variables during 20 km cycling in well-trained cyclists.

HYPOTHESIS: music tempo affects the performance, psychological response, and physiological response of well-trained athletes.

METHODS: 10 highly trained road cyclists performed four 20-km time trials. The time-trials were spaced one week apart. The music for each trial was randomized between fast-tempo (140 bpm), medium-tempo (120 bpm), slow-tempo (100 bpm), and no music.

RESULTS: There was no significant change in performance, physiological, or psychophysical variables. However, mood disturbance and tension increased significantly in the fast-tempo trial when compared with medium and no-music conditions.

CONCLUSIONmusic tempo did not affect the performance of highly trained athletes although fast music compared with no music increased both mood disturbance and tension.

Percept Mot Skills. 2013 Oct;117(2):484-97