Music and its effect on sports
The materials required for the experiment:
- 5 boys and 5 girls aged 16 years of age
- A treadmill
- A stopwatch
- MP3 player with earphones. Fast paced songs are uploaded into the MP3.
1. For this experiment, the independent variable is whether the participant is listening to the music. The dependent variable is the distance ran by the participant on the treadmill within the specified time. The distance ran by the participant is indicated on the treadmill display. The constants (control variables) are the age of the participants, the time given to the participants to familiarize themselves with the treadmill and the fixed time given for participants to run on the treadmill.
2. Five boys and five girls aged 16 years old are selected to take part in this experiment. The participant must be physically fit and must not have any health problems.
3. On the 1st day of experiment, the 5 boys and 5 girls are brought into the gym and made to warm up for 5 minutes. No music is used on this 1st day of the experiment. After the warm up, the 1st participant is given 5 minutes to run on the treadmill to familiarize himself with the equipment. The participant is then made to run on the treadmill for 10 minutes. The time is monitored using the stopwatch. The distance the participant ran on the treadmill for the 10 minutes is recorded in the table given below. The remaining 9 participants are made to go through the same process.
4. On the 2nd day of the experiment, the 5 boys and 5 girls are again brought into the gym and made to warm up. They are again given 5 minutes to familiarize themselves with the treadmill .This time, as they run on the treadmill for 10 minutes, they are made to listen to some fast paced songs on the MP3. The time is monitored using the stopwatch. The distance each participant ran on the treadmill is recorded in the table given below.