The Benefit of Music on Athletes
By Kylie Rau
February 13, 2021
Music has a strong benefit on athletes and has been a major part of the culture of sports throughout history. From pregame playlists, to workout jams, athletes use the power of music to fuel their game and perform their best.
In a study from Holabird Sports, music has proven to be helpful in reducing feelings of fatigue, increase their tolerance to pain, increase motivation and improve their mood. In many cases, music makes athletes hone in on their success and focus on their performance. Coaches have also used music with inspirational messages to bring teams together and promote team chemistry and success. Music promotes drive by alleviating distraction and negative thoughts, allowing athletes to focus and build on their skills.
Sports fans have been able to get the inside scoop on what athletes are listening to through programs and applications such as Earbuds. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of the many athletes that shares his real-time pregame playlists with fans through Earbuds.
Source: USA Today
Mahomes even shared his pregame playlist for super bowl LV. His top 5 pregame favorites include “No Bystanders” by Travis Scott, “1.5” by 21 Savage, “My Moment” by DJ Drama, “Every Season” by Roddy Rich and “Under the Sun” by Dreamville feat. J. Cole, Lute and DaBaby.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield also shared his pregame playlist that includes “My Ex’s Best Friend” Machine Gun Kelly featuring Blackbear, “Walk Em Down” by NLE Choppa feat. Roddy Rich, “Runaway (U&I)” by Galantis, “Big Amount” by 2 Chainz and Drake, “March Madness” by Future.
Athletes use music to connect to their sport, and find an outlet to improve upon their talents. Music is a major part of sports, and will continue to inspire and connect athletes to their passion through its influence on the mind, body and spirit.