Athlete’s performance affected by music choice before a match


Diego Lara

Senior Riley Finnegan listens to music prior to a weightlifting meet.

This story was originally published in the second edition of The Lion’s Tale (December 13th, 2021).

Ranging from genres like rap, pop, and country, music has a universal influence on almost everyone. The varying tones from song to song can cause us to feel a certain way or change our mood. Oviedo High School has a largely diverse student body, meaning that its students listen to all types of music and interpret different songs in their own unique way. 

When it comes to the school’s student athletes, this narrative doesn’t change. Whether it’s a game day, practice, or a workout, music plays an important role in a lot of athletes’ days. It can help to take their minds somewhere else to get rid of the pressures many athletes feel from their sport. Music can also be utilized as a healthy distraction from any discomfort or pain that comes along with playing the sport. For example, aerobic sports like cross country take a lot of constant energy and music might aid a runner in pushing through and finishing strong.

“It [music] helps me mentally prepare for the fight ahead,” said senior track and cross country runner Colin Duncan. 

Music also contributes to hyping up athletes before or during their sport. Some people use sports as a way to let out their anger or stress. 

“I listen to Kanye West and Tyler the Creator before my races. It really depends on what songs I listen to, usually something to get angry at,” Duncan said. 

While some athletes like to listen to artists get them pumped up, others like to listen to more chill music that calms them down to keep them focused. 

“I usually listen to slower paced music like Joji and Khai Dreams to keep myself calm,” describes sophomore soccer player Mark Morton. 

The music we listen to can also remind us of different periods of our life. For example, listening to the same music from when an athlete was training can prompt them to remember how far they’ve come in their hard work. 

“I started listening to Joji and Khai Dreams over the summer when I would work out and go on runs and now I listen to them before games to stay focused,” said Morton.