My freshman year of high school I had the head football coach as my gym teacher… boy did he sure have a fun time teaching an entire class of band kids. It ended up being one of my favorite classes. Music and athletics have always had a strong connection but with the combination of our generation’s multitasking and obsession for music, athletics and music are going hand and hand like never before.

Music and athletics have always had a strong connection but with the combination of our generation’s multitasking and obsession for music, athletics and music are going hand and hand like never before. Click To Tweet

American high school marching band drum section.

Music has a Positive Effect on Athletics

We all know that an essential part of the Gen Z outfit is earphones. We will listen to music while doing anything from working out to reading books. When it comes to athletic activities, music only has a positive effect.

Music can enhance athletic performance in a number of ways; it can help them get “in the zone”, shut out distractions before a game, and boost energy level. An upbeat musical rhythm can actually step up the rhythm of your workout.

In athletics and life in general, music can instantly change your mood.

Our generation as a whole is great at multitasking. Playing a sport or exercising while listening to music usually is not a big distraction and can definitely help with performance. Growing up with so many connections through technology has trained us to multitask. Music doesn’t usually have a place during team practice but it definitely has a place during conditioning, team warm ups, and individual practice. I went through many workouts in the weight room at school and do not remember a single time working out without music.

Details from a music, show and marching band. Defocused background with grass and evening sun to use as wallpaper

A Closer Look at Music and the Football Team

In order to take a closer look with the football team at my highschool I asked the head coach a few questions he was glad to answer for an old student:

Q- Do you allow the football team to listen to music during practice, workouts, or before games and why?
A- Yes, we listen to music in the weight room and occasionally at practice because it does help with creating an atmosphere of enthusiasm

Q- what genre of music is typically played?
A- Generally hip/hop and rap, sometimes country.

Q- Who decides what is played for the crowd and during the stretches before games?
A- We subscribe to a company out of Texas that produces all of our pre-game music and announcements which is called Game Time.

Q- How do you believe sports and music drive each other?
A- I definitely think music does something to our emotions and helps us perform better.

I definitely think music does something to our emotions and helps us perform better. Click To Tweet

Everyone has different taste in music but for this football team and most others, rap and or hiphop are most popular. People may enjoy listening to that genre of music while working out but prefer to listen to something totally different in their free time. Take the head football coach for instance, he personally loves to listen to contemporary christian music or country. When I was playing on the basketball and track team freshman year I loved to listen to hip hop or rap with the team and it energized us and pumped us up for games, but on my own time I sure do love a good broadway musical!

Musicians can practice a passage over and over in pursuit of perfection, and the same goes for an athlete, such as a golf player practicing the tempo of their swin Click To Tweet

Music and Sports can also relate on a different level regarding music performance. Music can be thought of as being artistic and intangible, and it is in a sense, but it’s also very technical. Musicians can practice a passage over and over in pursuit of perfection, and the same goes for an athlete, such as a golf player practicing the tempo of their swing. A big part of music is rhythm and tempo this translates into sports as well. At school, kids in the band, chorus, or orchestra are playing on a team just like the kids on the basketball team. It is a team effort to produce music and play together.


What music do you listen to when you workout or gets you in the mood for game day? Let us know in the comments below!

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