Document Type

Research Paper

Date of Completion




Faculty Mentor

Coach Michael Gragg


This research study sought to find a link between listening to different music genres and the athletic performance of collegiate athletes. Thirteen college football players at a university in Arkansas participated in the study. The music group consisted of five participants, and the control non-music group consisted of eight participants. The study group listened to rap for one week, country the next week, and gospel the week after. After approximately 10 minutes of warm-up, the athletes performed a vertical jump test and a trap bar jump to measure mean power. Then they filled out two self-assessment survey questions about the previous activities: a rate of perceived exertion survey and a mood survey about the earlier exercises. Each session of testing lasted about twelve minutes in total. No significant difference was found that listening to music had on the performance of the athletes.

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