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Does Listening to Music Help Performance?

I have been reading a lot of studies lately that examine the effect of music on the pre-performance mental and emotional states of athletes. Should I be cranking up the tunes as part of my pre-ride routine? You don’t have to be a researcher to know that music can influence your athletic performance. It can be an integral part of your pre-ride routine that helps you hit that sweet spot (“the zone”) in the preparation of your mind and body. How can you use music to guide yourself into your preferred pre-ride state? Some riders use it to control nerves. Upbeat lyrics can inspire a more positive focus and provide a physical outlet for the energy churned up by those butterflies. Tacking up to a favourite upbeat tune is junior jumper rider Carly’s favourite routine. “I move around to a hip-hop playlist and it helps get rid of the tension…

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