Term of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Daniel R. Czech

Committee Member 1

Jim Klein

Committee Member 2

Tony Lachowetz

Abstract

Music plays a central role in people's everyday lives (Rentfrow & Gosling, 2003). Research shows that music can effect arousal regulation (Lukas, n.d.; Nilsson, Unosson, & Rawal, 2005), motivation (Karageorghis & Terry, 1997), and mood levels (Gfeller, 1988). Research has also shown that music can be a facilitator to athletic performance (Dorney & Goh, 1992; Karageorghis & Terry, 1997; & Krumhans, 2002). Although a great amount of research exists that examines music in sport, little research has been found that examines this phenomenon from an existential phenomenological perspective. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the Division I athletes' experience of music in sport from an existential phenomenological perspective. The participants were 7 (four males and three females) NCAA Division I collegiate athletes from a southeastern university. Utilizing a phenomenological approach to analyze the data, the current research attempted to examine the experience of music in sport. The results suggest, athletes utilize music for arousal regulation, concentration, mood enhancement, and team cohesion.

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