A book has suggested that music can have the same effect on the body during sports as performance enhancing drugs.
Inside Sport Psychology by Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry – via ESPN – has said that athletes who listen to music can have their performance boosted by up to 15 per cent, meaning music could be equated to a legal version of somewhat more illegal performance enhancing drugs.
The ESPN piece points out that while top athletes fit into the ‘associators’ category, which means that they can find their motivation inwardly, most people are ‘dissociators’. This means that most of us need some kind of ‘external stimulus’ in order to push their bodies harder, for example by using music as a motivator.
The London Marathon took place last weekend (April 22). Many participants in the capital’s annual race were listening to music on portable MP3 players, suggesting that there is something behind the claims made by Karageorghis and Terry.