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Influence of fitness and physical activity on cardiovascular reactivity to musical performance.
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PMID:  22246300     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: The current study examines the relationships between physical activity and fitness and reactivity to a musical performance stressor (MPS). Numerous studies suggest that being fitter and more physically active has a beneficial effect on individuals' cardiovascular responses to laboratory-based mental challenges. The results are equivocal regarding the transfer of such benefits to real world contexts such as musical performance.Participants: Forty six advanced music students completed this assessment. Method: All participants completed a 20-min pre-performance assessment of heart rate (HR), HR variability (HRV) and blood pressure. Participants also completed baseline measures and a sub-maximal fitness assessment on a separate day. Results: A positive association between fitness and HR pre-MPS was found. Fitness was also positively associated with root mean square SD RR<formula>_{interval}</formula> before the MPS. Higher fitness was related to lower state anxiety post-MPS. Conclusions: Implications of the findings are discussed in relation to classical musicians' day-to-day work and performance.
David Wasley; Adrian Taylor; Karianne Backx; Aaron Williamon
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Work (Reading, Mass.)     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1875-9270     ISO Abbreviation:  Work     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204382     Medline TA:  Work     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiff School of Sport, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK.
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