Music Has Same Effect As Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Researchers have found that music can improve sports performance by the same rate as illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Music Has Same Effect As Performance-Enhancing Drugs
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Music can have the same effect on the human body during sports as performance enhancing drugs, says a new book. According to "Inside Sports Psychology" (via ESPN), listening to the right music can improve an athlete's performance by 15 per cent. The psychologists who wrote it, Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry, say that most world-class athletes can motivate themselves and don't need music to drive their performance. However, another class off people benefit from an external stimulus to kick themselves into gear, and these are the people who get most benefit from listening to music while working out. Most music fans know that music can have a powerful and influential effect on them, but one thing we might overlook is its long-term effects. This remarkable video shows an old disabled man being shown music from his era. He immediately sits up, sings along and appears animated by the music:
Afterwards, he says: "[Music] give me the feeling of love, romance. I figure right now, the world needs to come into music, singing." Can the UG community share their own stories about the power of music?

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    headbanger32594
    Music - Euphoric feelings No bad side effects No Withdrawals Not physically, emotionally, or mentally harmful Can be used by all ages
    drmomsen
    That's why i love Pantera working out. Nothing gets me going like Primal Concrete Sledge.
    colddayinthesun
    headbanger32594 wrote: Music - Euphoric feelings No bad side effects No Withdrawals Not physically, emotionally, or mentally harmful Can be used by all ages
    I wouldnt say no withdrawals i havent gone a day without music in years
    haygoe
    kING_cAPSLOCK wrote: IcanHasBass wrote: Justin Bieber is my form of Meth. Any now starts steady flow of anti-bieber comments dude Please ignore the these comments. J***** B***** does not exist. Talk about the article. Please no Flamewar! PLEASE!
    Okay listening to metal makes me happy helps me forget about my problems so its like pot for me! What about you dude
    kratos379
    I guess System of a Down had it right when they wrote "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On this Song".
    rokstr3
    That's why i love Pantera working out. Nothing gets me going like Primal Concrete Sledge
    I love 5 minutes alone.
    link no1
    IcanHasBass wrote: Justin Bieber is my form of Meth.
    Careful dude, too much of that stuff can kill you.
    p_a_morgan
    You guys are missing the point. Look at this old man, in the video, here. He's probably been in that nursing home for years. I'm not saying he is treated badly or anything, but I'm sure it's a lonely time of his life. While he may not be able to express it, he misses certain aspects of his life that he can no longer experience. As the man, in the video said, the old man would normally be unresponsive and seemingly out of it. When he was allowed to hear the music of his younger days...he came alive. He was excited and spoke passionately about it. It goes to show you that, not only music, but anything that you have deep feelings for, can bring back good memories and feelings that you haven't felt in a long time. Nostalgia in its greatest form.
    MonsterOfRock
    Music to me is my own dimension. The deeper you're into it, the more balanced you are between body and mind. Which is essential in sports. So no surprise there. Your muscles are very much relaxed, good blood flow; great condition for the body. And the mind is well, outside of worry, in a place of good vibrations and imaginations. In essence, a good preparation.
    AmalgamOfMeat
    Iamtdawg wrote: I inject metallica right into my arm
    Metallica is a suppository: Metal Up Your Ass!
    GameSkate
    Don't forget about the best drug: playing music live. It's often better than sex.
    Wisthler
    If that's so then I think Im technically consuming more than 5 different drugs by listening to megadeth.... right?
    jay3213
    haygoe wrote: IcanHasBass wrote: Justin Bieber is my form of Meth. Any now starts steady flow of anti-bieber comments dude
    Biebers the shit man.. I head bang to that
    DroneBlues27
    hmcguire wrote: Does this mean Motley Crue is also a form of Speed?
    idk, do they kick start your heart?
    DiaryOfJane
    That was a really cool video. It's amazing to see how much music opened that man up.
    deadlydictator
    Slayer was my gateway drug-band to deicide, obituary and a buncha cool shit. time to re-up, ON METAL. (i also need some pot)
    getthefloydout
    drmomsen wrote: That's why i love Pantera working out. Nothing gets me going like Primal Concrete Sledge.
    Yes Sir! That's what I'm talkin' about!
    KamikazeKozgof
    Maiden95 wrote: I don't play sports, but it is funny what music can do. For me personally, Foo Fighters lift me up whenever I need it.
    Haha yes! Favorite band, sir. But for workouts, I have to have something a bit more heavy and fast.
    megaluisdeth
    Haha how awesome is that! The old man looks so happy when he hears music from his youth! He probably remembers some old memories! Back in the day when he was a player! Life is liquid when we''re young We paint with the colors of the sun Time solidifies in our brains And we paint with shades of grey
    silent caution
    I always use music when i workout or before i play some kind of sport. To me its more of a mental thing, not really like steriods, they dont have steriods for the brain
    metalmania46
    Explains why I feel so out of it when I wake up from a nap with Pink Floyd albums on repeat.
    vppark2
    im in a garden full of sound...wait i think im just high off their music actually...
    RATMfan420
    I just want RATM to make a new record. That would be better then any performance-enhancing drug.
    ottyk
    hmcguire wrote: Does this mean Motley Crue is also a form of Speed?
    No, I think you'll find that's Slayer
    KingSquall802
    headbanger32594 wrote on 04/25/2012 - 11:52 am / quote | Music - Euphoric feelings No bad side effects No Withdrawals Not physically, emotionally, or mentally harmful Can be used by all ages
    and can be downloaded for free...
    Miyagi84
    That's not entirely suprising... I've noticed I run and can push myself farther exercising to metal than even rowdy hip hop or no music whatsoever. This article is misleading, however. Human Growth Hormone or steroids is over time much more effective to than listening to music. In the short term, maybe they might be equal but there is no way that music can have the same prolonged effect of a banned substance in athletic competition.
    Mr.-Bungle
    So listening to Mr Bungles "Goodbye sober day" will make me last longer in bed eh?
    Air_Stryker
    headbanger32594 wrote: Music - Euphoric feelings No bad side effects No Withdrawals Not physically, emotionally, or mentally harmful Can be used by all ages
    "no withdrawals" Try taking my Pantera and my Machine Head away from me, soon enough I'd be gibbering wreck... Maybe I'm a one off case =P