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After Holidays, time for some sport with Florent Manaudou


The Holidays have just ended and the marathon meals that go with them. It's time to start the right resolutions: Do sports! And what better way to do it rather than with music. Especially as this one is there to boost you and improve your performance.

In a study on the impact of music on sports performances, Deezer called on the Olympic Champion Florent Manaudou and Professor Marc Leman from the University of Ghent, an expert in this field.

The French leader of streaming music has had the privilege of meeting with swimming champion Florent Manaudou (1 gold medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012, 7 gold medals at the World Championships, 11 gold medals at the European championships and 22 gold medals at the French championships) and Professor Marc Leman, Director of the IPEM (Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music). In a video, the champion, user and fan of Deezer, shows that music has a direct influence on his sporting performance.

During this experiment, Florent Manaudou demonstrates that music and more specifically Flow, a unique feature in Deezer, boosts performance and mental state during exercise.

As Professor Marc Leman explains, scientific research over the last ten years has confirmed the positive effects of music on sport and physical exercise. Listening to music while playing sports allows for better concentration, forgetting fatigue and discomfort, improving mood, increasing excitement, relieving tension and inducing a sense of power Or "stimulation" in the movement. This stimulation * can be generated in all sports disciplines where the movements are repetitive, such as swimming, cycling or running. 


For the champion, the training is not conceived without music. In order to optimize them and keep a good physical condition, he pace them through Deezer. It unveils its ideal playlist for a successful training.

From AC / DC to The Who via The Kills or Jeff Buckley, all styles are allowed to optimize these moments.

Florent Manaudou:

"Deezer accompanies me all the time, I listen to different playlists depending on the time of day. Flow knows what I like, I know it will fit me. "


To maintain synchronization during a sporting activity, the human brain predicts when the next measurement will arrive. The brain then regulates the locomotion of the limb with this prediction. Human production of movement in accordance with an external stimulus occurs a few milliseconds in advance, before hearing the external sound stimulus. When synchronization can be maintained for several cycles of movement, the human brain may begin to believe that music is actually caused by human movement when in reality, of course, human activity is driven by the measurement of music. This feeling of cause (which is in fact only a coincidence) has a strong emotional effect linked to the feeling of satisfaction and power. Through synchronization, the athlete has the sensation of becoming a musician, the one who provokes music.

Professor Leman has shown that this feeling is caused by two effects with distinct but complementary roles: psychological excitation and expression.

Psychological excitement is a consequence of the physiological effort required to carry out the sporting activity.

The expression refers to the type of interaction with music, and it is an effect of musical expression according to its genre: it can be exciting (for example, with techno, pop music) or relaxing Example with jazz, the song). In summary, according to Professor Leman, the effect of stimulation results from sensorimotor predictions that create a deep sense of mastery, very satisfactory, in conjunction with a physical effort that excites and a musical expression that will define how the subject interacts with music Exciting, relaxing). 


New technologies can facilitate motion-music synchronization. They first capture human rhythm and musical rhythm with sensors and align the two rhythms by accelerating or slowing down the music so that the cadence corresponds to the pace. Moreover, scientists know that the main kinematic effect of the synchronization of the music concerns the cadence (the tempo) whereas the speed (velocity) is only slightly influenced. Moreover, the music seems to have little effect on energy consumption, although it is necessary to differentiate the reponders and non reponders.

Stimulation can be linked mainly to motivation and this can be seen through rhythm.