Through the hundreds of interviews that I have done with riders, it was clear that many riders felt that music can help them become a better rider and land more tricks. I often heard riders tell me that “music motivates me”, “it pumps me up to try new tricks”, “music creates good vibes” etc. Recently I decided to do some research to see what science had to say about the effects of music on athletes and how much it really could help riders. The rest of this article is some of the interesting things I learned through my research.
Dr. Costas Karageorghis has stated that one can think of music as a type of legal performance-enhancing drug. Costas has established an international reputation for his research into the psychological, psychophysiological and neurophysiological effects of music. He has authored books and over 100 studies on the subject matter.
Music internally motivates and moves your mind into a state of flow. Flow is a state of mind where the body and mind are working together with minimal conscious effort, riders often refer to this as in the zone. Having your music on you while you ride can help you be completely immersed in what you are doing and achieve the ‘flow’ state of mind.
Being in a state of flow will result in extreme confidence and motivation allowing riders to freely try new tricks that they have never tried before. The motivation of music can bring you more energy and help you reach your full potential through higher jumps and more explosive movements.
Motivating music can lead to bursts of intensity, which can increase your work capacity and bring high levels of explosive power and strength. Music can have a tremendous influence on a rider resulting in higher jumps and more explosive tricks. Studies have shown that music helps divert the mind from sensations of fatigue. Meaning that music can increase your endurance and your performance out on the water.
Lastly, music can increase your enjoyment while riding, when the brain hears music there is a triggering of pleasure centers that release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy. Music can also reduce negative feelings such as tension or doubt.
Through this research, it is evident that music can and will improve the performance of riders from weekend warriors to those competing at the highest level. This is one of the reasons why we are so passionate about creating the Groove Vest, a competition vest with integrated speakers empowering riders to listen to music every time they ride.