Olympian and multiple gold medalist for swimming, Michael Phelps, listen to hip-hop music as a form of focusing and psyching routine in preparation for his swimming races.
Researches suggest that workout and training with musical accompaniment benefits the athletes in various ways such
- An alternate of low, medium, and high-intensity training benefits from a musical style with varying pace or tempi (more tempos);
- Strengthening and energizing workout benefits from the rhythm of the music;
- An athlete’s movements are associated with music containing positive lyrics;
- Rhythmic music often matches the movement patterns on the athlete’s activity;
- Musical melodies that are uplifting, as well as music associated with sports, provide a positive impact on the athlete’s performance in its bid to win a game or race.
Also, it is important to have the end in mind of what an athlete intends to achieve for a specific training or workout. This should determine the type of music to be played and the timing of when the music should be played.
A range of positive psychological and performance effects on athletes have been achieved through technological
advancements in music, such as –
- It improves the athlete’s capacity to endure fatigue;
- It has an effect on the athlete’s respiration and heart rate;
- It impacts the athlete’s mindset to exert more effort;
- And, also affects the athlete’s mood, emotion, and behavior.
Ping-pong which is also known as table tennis is tagged as the world’s best brain sport. It is a sport which can be played by a set of 2 or 4 players wherein players use a small light ball to bounce back and forth on a ping pong table with the use of bats that are smaller and have short handles. Note that it is extremely easy to set up a ping-pong table, no sweat. This sport requires the use of both the upper and lower body and, also requires excellent eye and hand coordination and reflex. The brain must be able to accommodate multiple simultaneous activities including tracking the ball, planning strategies and shots, and determining what spins to take. It is a highly aerobic sport that requires intense mental activity and is
said to cover 90 miles per hour across the ping pong table at a competitive level.
There are also many health benefits to be derived from playing ping pong, both physical and mentally such as:
- Stimulating alertness of the mind since playing ping pong requires excellent hand and eye coordination;
- Sharpening of the mind due to the spinning, speed, and placement of the ball which the athlete needs to strategize and anticipate;
- Improving reflexes attributed to the fast pace and short distance which utilizes muscle movements;
- Burning calories at a rate of approximately 270 per hour for a 150 lbs. athlete;
- Socializing by spending game time with family, friends, neighbors in the community, and even visitors alike.
Ping pong being a mental and physical sport is perfect for musical accompaniment. The sport requiring mental focus while the music enables and facilitates the focus and mind conditioning. It is a perfect blend which can give positive benefits to athletes and all ping pong enthusiasts. Background music when playing ping pong is a breakthrough which coaches and athletes must explore.
Thus, the idea of creating ping pong or table tennis music playlists for which many are already enthusiasts. Youngsters hold ping-pong house parties while listening to music arrangements to their preference.