Third, participants were randomly assigned to three experimental conditions, termed URM, UAM, and NM, and undertook 12 sessions of imagery training while listening to their allocated music or NM over the 4-week period. Session 1 of the imagery training commenced 20 min after assessment of baseline dart-throwing performance. Results provided strong support for using imagery training accompanied by URM to enhance performance of a fine motor skill. Further examination of the effects of relaxing and arousing music on other sports tasks and among participant groups of varying performance levels, is recommended. Our results raised a number of considerations that warrant further investigation. However, we found no studies that examined effects of music presented in contexts temporally removed from performance.
But a study done last year at the University of Sheffield found that music designed specifically for relaxation had no more power than a generic piece of quiet classical music. And … Read More