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Master Thesis

Influence de la musique sur la capacité maximale d’effort

Abstract : Music has expanded in sports since the 1970s. It plays a role in attention, emotions, and helps to reduce muscle fatigue. Music can modulate sports performance. Positive effects of music were found for low or medium intensity physical exertions. However, for high-intensity efforts, opinions on the influence of music diverge. The main objective was to study the influence of fast tempo music on the maximum capacity of effort, with the Metabolic Equivalent of the Task (MET) as the judging criterion. The secondary objectives were to assess the impact of music on the maximum heart rate, maximum power and total duration of the effort. This is a prospective randomized cross-over study carried out at the Lisieux Hospital from April to September 2019, including 35 healthy adult volunteers. Each subject performed two effort tests at the same time of day, at least 48 hours apart, one with music the other without. Results show a significant increase in the METs produced during an intense physical effort thanks to the fast tempo music (p-value< 0.001). Furthermore, there is also a significant increase in the maximum heart rate and maximum power when listening to music (p-value= 0.04 and p-value< 0.01 respectively). However, the total duration of the effort is not significantly extended by listening to music (p-value= 0.41). Music has the potential to boost high-intensity physical performance in healthy non-athletes people. It also allows power and heart frequency improvement during the effort even if it does not permit to significantly lengthen its duration.
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Manon Goin. Influence de la musique sur la capacité maximale d’effort. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2020. ⟨dumas-03210961⟩



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