Author ORCID Identifier
Date of Award
music, motivational music, torque, strength, exertion, enjoyment, knee, physical therapy
Integrative Neuroscience (BS)
Dr. Vipul Lugade
Dr. Sung Joo Lim
Dr. Emily Zale
Science and Mathematics
Music -- Physiological effect ; Knee injuries -- rehabilitation ; Knee joint -- physiology
There is a general consensus in previous and current literature that the incorporation of music in exercise has the potential to benefit performance (Karageorghis 2020; Terry et al. 2019). Research on the potential benefits of music in rehabilitative exercise has become more prevalent but has mainly focused on music and the rehabilitation of neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or stroke (Craig et al. 2015; De Bartolo et al. 2020; Grau-Sánchez et al. 2022; Katlen da Silva et al. 2021; Särkämö 2018). Research in a more general rehabilitative setting has not been explored as widely and this is the aim of the current study. A total of 28 college-aged individuals were randomly assigned into two groups, a music or a no-music group, and asked to participate in rehabilitative exercises with or without motivational music (a rhythm of 120 bpm or more; Karageorghis 2020). Peak knee extensor and flexor torque were measured and analyzed between groups (Biodex® Quick Set Dynamometer System 3). The effects of music were evaluated across three speeds in isokinetic testing: 60, 180, and 300 degrees per second to see if music had an effect across different speeds. If music produces higher values of peak torque, clinicians may be able to increase strength output simply with the addition of music. This study additionally attempted to take a more interdisciplinary approach by also including a psychophysical measure of perceived exertion and a psychological measure of enjoyment. No significance was found between groups for measurements of peak torque, perceived exertion, and enjoyment. However, as more research is revealed about the potential benefits of music on exercise and rehabilitation, future research is encouraged and may reveal differing results.
Cole, Arianna, "Effect of motivational music on peak knee torque, perceived exertion, and enjoyment in college-aged individuals" (2023). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 29.