Date of Award


Document Type



Richard W.Riley College of Education

Degree Program

Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance

Degree Name

Master of Science

Thesis Advisor

Charles Bowers

Committee Member

Amber Radtke

Committee Member

Janet Wojcik


Wingate Power Test, Anaerobic, Athletes, Music, Performance, Warm Up


Music is a very influential part of life. Music has been linked to psychological effects on exercise, however, there are mixed outcomes when it comes to its effects on exercise performance. The purpose of this study was to test music’s influence on anaerobic performance on the Wingate test. Subjects included 20 track and field athletes at a Division I school in South Carolina. The methodology used in this research was a blind randomized cross over design. Twenty college-age track and field athletes participated in two Wingate tests. Each involved a warm-up with music and a warm-up without music. The warm-up took place on the Wingate bike and lasted two minutes using personal headphones that supplied music chosen by the subject. After the warm up, subjects were prepped for the test with verbal instructions and cues that would be given to start the test. Resistance was applied to the flywheel prior to the start based on body weight (kg) of the subject. All data were analyzed using SPSS. Peak power (PP)(W)(watts), average power (AP)(W), PP work (KPM), AP work (KPM) and revolutions per minute (RPM) were calculated. All Wingate performances that involved a music warm up showed significantly higher performance (p < .01) compared to the Wingate performances of the same subject without a music warmup in all variables: RPM 5 seconds with music (M=13.00) without (11.90), RPM 30 seconds with music (M=62.65) without (M=57.00), PP with music (M=673.55W) without (M=616.07W), AP with music (M=540.52W) without (M=491.51W), PP work with music (M=343.52KPM) without (M=314.25KPM), and AP work with music (M=1654.17 KPM) without (M=1504.30KPM). The results of this study are very beneficial for athletes and coaches looking for ways to improve anaerobic performance.


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