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Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-1928
Di Cagno A. 1, Iuliano E. 2, Fiorilli G. 2, Aquino G. 2, Giombini A. 2, Battaglia C. 1, Menotti F. 1, Tsopani D. 3, Calcagno G. 2
1 Department of Health Sciences, Italian University of Sport and Movement of Rome “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy;
2 Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy;
3 Department of Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of rhythmical and extra-rhythmical qualities of music on the Heart Rate (HR) and rates of perceived exertion (RPE), during sub maximal stationary bike activity.
METHODS: HR of 28 female adult participants was monitored during 3 session of physical activity, performed under 3 different conditions: Hi-BPM (music with 150-170 BPM), RHYTHM (rhythmical qualities only of Hi-BPM condition) and control condition without music (CONTROL). Four parameters were analyzed: the highest HR value (High-HR), High-HR minus starting HR (ΔHR), time to reach the 75% of Maximal HR (MHR) (TimeTo75%) and time over 75% MHR (TimeOver75%). HR trend analysis was performed to evaluate differences among the three conditions. OMNICycle Scale was administered to evaluate RPE.
RESULTS: MANOVA showed significant differences between the three conditions in TimeTo75%, ΔHR (p<0.01) and TimeOver75% (p<0.05). In RHYTHM and CONTROL conditions after reaching 75% MHR, the HR increase were significantly lower than Hi-BPM (p<0.01). No significant differences were found in OMNI-Cycle Scale scores of Hi-BPM and RHYTHM whereas RPE was significantly higher in CONTROL condition (p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Hi-BPM and RHYTHM music allowed a faster reaching of the aerobic training zone compared to CONTROL conditions. Nevertheless, after 75% MHR, extra-rhythmical qualities are necessary to maintain or to increase the working HR levels.