KPE Students Presents Research

Mentored by Dr. Kane, Michele D’Agata and Jason Staub presented their research titled “The Effect of External Dissociation of Attention on the Duration of a Plank to Maximum Exhaustion, Performed by Male Collegiate Soccer Players” at the 2018 Athlete Research Symposium held in Daytona, FL in August. The abstract is below: 

During exercise it is common for individuals to use music as an external dissociative strategy to divert their attention away from the exercise task and result in a lower rating of perceived exertion and ultimately, increased task duration. The ability to dissociate attention away from an exercise task is somewhat dependent on exercise intensity; as exercise intensity increases, attentional focus tends to shift to an internal associative strategy. Using music during exercise has been found to increase the intensity threshold that marks this shift. Seventeen division III male varsity soccer players were recruited to participate in this study to determine if external distractors (self-selected music and virtual reality simulation) increase the duration of an isometric task. The isometric task that was performed was the forearm plank. The results of a paired-sample T-test indicate that there is a significant difference in the duration of a forearm plank when self-selected music was used in comparison to no music and virtual reality in comparison to no music. There was not a significant difference in task duration for self-selected music compared to virtual reality. This study concludes that the use of music and virtual reality simulation are significantly more effective at increasing plank duration than performing the isometric task in silence.