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Costas Karageorghis

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C.E.P. Cambridge Endurance-sports Podcast

This is a must-listen episode. Professor Karageorghis is not only one of the world’s top experts in the field and an acclaimed author of books on the subject, but a great speaker and he has many interesting anecdotes to accompany his insights. This episode will explore the benefits and dangers of putting exercise and performance to music and the best way to do it to achieve the best outcomes. You can find the Professor’s excellent book ‘Applying music to exercise and sport’ here https://www.human-kinetics.co.uk/9781492513810/applying-music-in-exercise-and-sport/ and you can follow his research group on Twitter at @SAVIBrunel SHARE THIS EPISODE WHEREVER YOU CAN. Please like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Cambridge-Endurance-Sport-Podcast-112279984010325/ Contact us at cambridgeendurance@yahoo.com. We are also on Twitter @CamEndurance and Instagram .. this is getting more active... camendurancesportspodcasr . Please subscribe and rate or review on ITunes or other platforms. Visit and like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Cambridge-Endurance-Sport-Podcast-112279984010325/ Contact us at cambridgeendurance@yahoo.com. Twitter @CamEndurance and Instagram .this is getting more active..camendurancesportspodcast

1hr 2mins

5 May 2021

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Episode #36 | Costas Karageorghis - How the Power of Music Can Help YOU Unlock Your Athletic Potential

Unlocking Athletic Potential

The use of music in the sport and exercise setting is commonplace and most us regularly use a playlist either pre-task or during our training sessions to accompany us. But how much thought goes into the choice of our music other than the fact we might like these particular tracks and what does the research actually prove?This week we welcome to the @unlockingathleticpotential podcast, Professor Costas Karageorghis, a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Brunel University London in the UK, who is one of the world’s leading experts into the effects of music on exercise and sport.Costas is the author of two textbooks *Inside Sport Psychology’ and ‘Applying Music in Exercise and Sport’, 12 book chapters, 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 100 professional papers in sport and exercise psychology. He has made 120 conference presentations and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences, including 12 keynote lectures. Textbook 1: http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/the-inside-sport-psychologyTextbook 2: https://uk.humankinetics.com/products/applying-music-in-exercise-and-sportHis music research has been featured in newspapers around the world; the Times, Telegraph, Independent, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald. In both 2011 and 2016 he was the recipient of the Sportesse Award for Sport and Exercise Sciences at the annual conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).Costas has acted as consultant psychologist to a number of international and professional athletes and has worked with a wide variety of UK governing bodies of sport (e.g. British Athletics, British Canoe Union, British Water Ski Federation and England Hockey). He has also worked and has ongoing collaborations with various multinational companies in the sports world and music industry. Outside of his research, from 2007-11 he was head coach of the Great Britain Students Athletics Team. He has also managed and coached the Brunel University London Athletics Team since the early 90s.During his spare time, Costas plays the piano, often performing in jazz and latin duos/trios, as well as with the BASES Band at national and international conferences.In this episode we discuss:What considerations should individuals make when selecting music as part of their pre-workout routineHow this may differ if you are listening to music as part of a teamWhen can music help enhance physical performance during exerciseResearch into the area of music post exercise and during interval training Some of the most significant examples that the power of music has had on athletic performanceExamples when we should not use music during exerciseCostas’ number one piece of advice to anyone out there looking to use music to help them  Unlock their Athletic Potential? Here is the link to the Spotify account mentioned in the podcast if you are looking for some motivational playlists:https://open.spotify.com/user/j8pyfvz4vrm3ez9szxfhu44xhUnlocking Athletic Potential proudly partners with Red Dot Running Company, who specialise in sports nutrition and running kit and are based in Singapore. You can find them at rdrc.sg

1hr 7mins

18 Feb 2021

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88 - Costas Karageorghis on Music and Exercise

Endurance Innovation

Endurance Innovation is now on Patreon! Have a peek at our page and show us some love.4:00 Professor Costas Karageorghis 10:00 the history of research of music and physical activity14:45 a look ‘under the bonnet’ at the brain’s role in mediating athletic performance and the influence of music on this process. Playing music appears to have the following effectsImprovement in brain oxygenation. This may account for improved performance on time to exhaustion studies with music A reduction in the frequency of firing of certain populations of neurons appears to lessen perception of fatigueImprovement in firing of both the afferent and efferent nerve impulses, facilitating muscle contractionsAn impairment in communication between areas of the brain responsible for signaling fatigue 22:00 the limitations of modern imaging techniques in studying the brain while the subject is mobile25:30 the evolutionary drive for this performance-enhancing role of music27:45 auditory-motor synchronization increases aerobic efficiency by 6-7%32:15 evidence for the effect on music on performance improvement is small but reliable. The effect on emotional state and mood regulation is medium and reliable. 33:30 the role of enhanced mood on motivation and consistency in training34:45 pre-task music 36:15 musical recommendations for improved performanceUse cases include: pre-task, in-task, post-task, and synchronously or asynchronously Music with relaxing or low-arousal properties for warm up, cool down, recovery. Music for high-arousal properties for high intensity work39:45 it is difficult for listeners to process music above ~75% of maximal aerobic output (~ anaerobic threshold)40:00 qualities of music that determine its arousal / energizing potentialTempo: ideally between 120bpm and 140bpmRhythmic accentuationLyrical affirmation Beat regularity44:00 recommendations for exercise at very high intensitySyntactic processing of lyrics severely impaired above 75% of maximal aerobic capacityRhythmic music with minimal lyrics ideal Music does not appear to reduce perception of effort at high intensity, BUT it may colour our interpretation of fatigue, making it less uncomfortable47:45 contraindications: when using music in training is not recommended:Music can capture 10-12% of our attention, making it completely unsafe when riding outdoorsMusic above 80dB carries an increased risk of hearing damage when concurrently exercising at a high intensity due to a reduction in blood flow to the cochlea in the inner earRoutinely using music in all workouts creates dependency 51:45 advice on ‘earworms’54:15 music to avoid when training57:00 classical playlist recommendation59:45 the greater someone’s experience and appreciation for music, the more complex the music they may want for exerciseFollow Prof. Karageorghis on Twitter and check out his book: Applying Music in Exercise and Sport.

1hr 2mins

22 Jan 2021

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Creating Peak Performance using Music with Dr. Costas Karageorghis

Decoding Superhuman

You can think of a music program almost contouring your expected heart rate. Starting at a low point, having a peak and then gradually coming down. If you're engaged in interval training such as HIIT - high intensity interval training - it might be that you have peaks and troughs in the energy of the music so as to reflect the physiological peaks and troughs in the workout. So I think the desired mental state and the underlying physiological state are drivers for the type of music that you would select. If I was stretching for example I might use a track such as No Diggity. Affiliate Disclosure Who is Dr. Karageorghis? Dr. Costas Karageorghis is a leader in sports psychology and Divisional Lead for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel University in London. From 2009-14, he served as Deputy Head (Research) of the former School of Sport and Education and led preparations for two REF2014 subject submissions (Sports-Related and Education). Costas has established an international reputation for his research into the psychological, psychophysiological and neurophysiological effects of music. He has captured 25 research grants during his academic career. Costas is the author of two textbooks, 12 book chapters, 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and 100 professional papers in sport and exercise psychology. Costas’s music research has been featured in newspapers around the world; most recently in the Times, Independent, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald. He is currently working on multi-modal stimulation during physical activity that entails the use of music, video images, virtual reality and visual primes. Such work is oriented towards enhancing people's sensory experiences during physical activity, with a view to increasing exercise adherence and promoting public health. Costas is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a double-accredited member of BASES (psychology research and scientific support). In September 2010, he was elected a Fellow of BASES for his services to sport and exercise sciences in the UK. In September 2013 he was awarded Chartered Scientist status by the Science Council. Costas acts as consultant psychologist to a number of international and professional athletes and has worked with a wide variety of UK governing bodies of sport (e.g. British Athletics, British Canoe Union, British Water Ski Federation and England Hockey). He has also worked with many multinational companies in the sports world and music industry. During his spare time, Costas plays the piano, often performing in a jazz and latin duo with drummer Joel Shopland. Dr. Costa Karageorghis' Research and Books Note: I only link to those referenced in the podcast. The catch-all link is at the bottom. Books Inside Sport Psychology Applying Music in Exercise and Sport Research Papers The Way You Make Me Feel: Psychological and cerebral responses to music during real-life physical activity Psychological and Psychophysiological Effects of Recuperative Music Postexercise Effects of music and music-video on affect during exercise at the lactate threshold Run to the Beat: Sport and music for the masses On the role of lyrics in the music-exercise performance relationship Redesign and initial validation of an instrument to assess the motivational qualities of music in exercise: the Brunel Music Rating Inventory-2 Influence of music, attentional style, and exercise intensity on attentional focus and RPE Additional Research by Dr. Costas Karageorghis Key Highlights What is music? How Dr. Karageorghis began his studies in music starting in 1995 The effects of music on athletic performance How Audley Harrison used Japanese Classical music to win a gold medal in Boxing at the 2000 Olympics Dorian Yates, Guns n' Roses, and the 41-ton leg workout The process Dr. Karageorghis uses to conduct his studies Faraday cages, EEG, and the development of technology which allows Dr. Karageorghis to study music in the field The ergogenic effect of music on performance Brunel Music Rating Inventory and its use in evaluating music for motivation How to create the ultimate playlist for performance Dr. Karageorghis' personal playlist for workouts Dr. Karageorghis' Top Trick for Enhancing Focus Deep work - shutting off from the world for a portion of the day Dr. Karageorghis' Favorite Book on Peak Performance The Winning Mind: Fine Tune Your Mind for Superior Sports Performance Additional Information on Dr. Costas Karageorghis Twitter: @SAVIBrunel Brunel University Website ____ Along the lines of enhancing performance, particularly cognitive performance, there is one name that usually comes to mind - for me at least - in the supplement industry. And that is Neurohacker Collective. I had Jordan Greenhall, the CEO on the show before and you know I love what they’re doing. Neurohacker Collective has a couple of products now and more coming out in the future but one of which is Qualia, which I use 5-7 days every week and the second one is Qualia Mind, which I use on occasion, just when I want to mix it up a little bit. Qualia has over 40 ingredients and has significantly upgraded both my own wellbeing but also the concept of sovereignty which you can go look at the Jordan podcast later if you want. But if you wanna enhance your cognition, I personally believe there’s nothing better out there on the market. So how do you get started? You can go over to neurohacker.com and as you’re checking out plug in the code BOOMER and you’ll get 10% off your purchase. If you wanna subscribe, you’ll get 15% off. I hope you enjoy the products and do yourself a favor, just check it out. One month, all you need to do. Hosted on Acast. 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9 Jul 2018

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36C – Interview with Costas Karageorghis, Brunel, Applying Music in Sport

The Perception & Action Podcast

A discussion with Costas Karageorghis, Reader in Sport Psychology from Brunel University and author of the new book “Applying Music in Exercise and Sport”. We discuss topics including how music can make athletes perform better and for longer, how music effects an athlete’s attentional focus and perceived effort, how to choose the best music for a particular sport or activity, when not to use music and how teams can use music. More information about my guest: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/costas-karageorghis Applying Music in Exercise and Sport: https://www.amazon.com/Applying-Music-Exercise-Costas-Karageorghis/dp/1492513814/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=perceactiopod-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=63bc3f266671ee616fcafc755e9314d7&creativeASIN=1492513814 More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc) Twitter: @Shakeywaits Email: robgray@asu.edu Credits: The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action Lo Fi is Hi Fi - I’m on a Talk Show Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy via freemusicarchive.org


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