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


Mohamed Jarraya 2 , * , Hamdi Chtourou 2 , Asma Aloui 1 , Omar Hammouda 1 , Karim Chamari 3 , Anis Chaouachi 1 , Nizar Souissi 3

2 Research Unit (EM2S), High Institute of Sport and Physical Education, Sfax University, Tunisia

1 Research Laboratory 'Sports performance Optimization National Center of Medicine and Science in Sports (CNMSS), Tunis, Tunisia

3 High Institute of Sport and Physical Education, Ksar-Sad, Manouba University, Tunisia

How to Cite: Jarraya M, Chtourou H, Aloui A, Hammouda O, Chamari K, et al. The Effects of Music on High-intensity Short-term Exercise in Well Trained Athletes, Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 3(4):34543. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.34543.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 3 (4); 233-238
Published Online: March 1, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: February 20, 2012
Accepted: July 2, 2012


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 (20.61.8 yrs, 1774.4 cm and 72.35.3 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 Wkg?1 for Ppeak and Pmean respectively. These findings demonstrated the beneficial effect of music during warm-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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