Cassidy Jordan Reeves, Timothy M. Dornemann, Lauren M. Biscardi. Barton College, Wilson, NC.

BACKGROUND: Music has been shown to boost mood and enhance performance when it comes to running. Changes in breathing rate, heart rate, and cadence may also contribute to changes in performance. Benefits are enhanced with higher tempo music. It is still unknown what genre of music has the greatest effects on mood and performance. The purpose of this study is to measure the effects of electronic dance music (EDM) on the performance of a recreationally trained person during a one mile run. METHODS: I plan to recruit 20 recreationally trained college students between the ages of 18-30 years old for participation in this study. Participants will be asked to run one mile on a paved multi-use trail under 3 different conditions: no music, pop music, and EDM music. The study design will be a counterbalanced repeated measures design. Each of the conditions that have music playing will be researcher-selected and controlled to 160-180 beats per minute. Music for each condition will be rated using the Brunel Music Rating Inventory-2. During each run, the participant’s run time, cadence, heart rate, and breathing rate will be measured. Before and after each run the participant will complete a Physical Activity Affect Scale to gauge fatigue and affect. Results will be analyzed using repeated measures ANOVA to determine significant differences between the three conditions. Alpha will be set at .05. ANTICIPATED RESULTS: Based on the previous research on running speed, cadence, and fatigue there will be an impact on the run with both Pop and EDM music playing with improved results from EDM music. Running speed should increase as well as running cadence, heart rate, and breathing rate. Fatigue after running should be lower and mood should improve.

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