The heat is on: effects of synchronous music on psychophysiological parameters and running performance in hot and humid conditions

Nikol, Luke and Kuan, Garry and Ong, Marilyn and Chang, Yu-Kai and Terry, Peter C. (2018) The heat is on: effects of synchronous music on psychophysiological parameters and running performance in hot and humid conditions. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (Article 1114). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

Running in high heat and humidity increases psychophysiological strain, which typically impairs running performance. Listening to synchronous music has been shown to provide psychophysiological benefits, which may enhance running performance. The present randomized, crossover study examined effects of listening to synchronous music on psychophysiological parameters and running performance in hot and humid conditions. Twelve male runners (21.7 ± 2.2 y; 166.17 ± 7.18 cm; 60.32 ± 9.52 kg; 59.29 ± 5.95 ml kg−1 min−1) completed two running trials in simulated conditions (31°C and 70% humidity) with and without synchronous music. Participants ran on a treadmill inside a climatic chamber for 60 min at 60% V˙V˙O2max and continued to run to exhaustion at 80% V˙V˙O2max. Time-to-exhaustion under the synchronous music condition was 66.59% longer (mean = 376.5 s vs. 226.0 s, p = 0.02, d = 0.63) compared to the no music condition. Ratings of perceived exertion were significantly lower for the synchronous music condition at each time point (15, 30, 45, and 60 min) of the steady state portion of the running trials. Small differences in heart rate were detected between conditions. No significant between-condition differences were found in urine specific gravity, percentage of body weight loss, thermal comfort, and blood lactate. Findings suggest that listening to synchronous music is beneficial to running performance and perceived exertion in hot and humid conditions.


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Additional Information: Copyright © 2018 Nikol, Kuan, Ong, Chang and Terry. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2018 02:42
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2018 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: synchronous music, psychophysiology, running, heat, humidity
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01114
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34664

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