An accomplished international researcher on the benefits of music to exercise and sports, Dr. Costas Karageorghis said the roots of his new book on the subject were planted in the early 1990s when he was pursuing a master’s degree at the United States Sports Academy.
Karageorghis (Master of Sports Science in sport fitness management, 1992) said the book’s origin began as a special project he worked on at the Academy 25 years ago. Karageorghis said “Applying Music in Exercise and Sport,” published by Human Kinetics and released in August, combines contemporary research, evidence-based practice and specific recommendations to help exercise and sport professionals use music to enhance the enjoyment, motivation, and performance of the athletes they coach.
“The inspiration for the book came from my studies at the Academy some 25 years ago,” Karageorghis said. “My master’s special project entailed a meta-analysis of all of the published research that had examined the effects of music in exercise and sport. This is a research theme that has stayed with me for the entire duration of my career as a university academic.”
He said he took extra classes in research with the doctoral students while at the Academy because academic research was what he wanted to do in his career. His nine-month mentorship was in the area of sport psychology.
“My main reasons for coming to a U.S. institution that specialized in sport was that, at the time, the United States was a good 10 years ahead of the United Kingdom in the field of sport science and I wanted to network and spend time with like-minded people,” he said. “My main tutor at the Academy was Dr. Frank Stanek and the physiological testing techniques that I learned from him proved invaluable when I went on to make a career out of testing the psychophysiological effects of music in the exercise and sport domain.”
Karageorghis is an accomplished faculty member and researcher in sport psychology in the Department of Life Sciences at Brunel University in London, England. He has worked with many United Kingdom national governing bodies of sport as a consultant psychologist, as well as with a number of multinational companies including Nike, Red Bull, Sony, Spotify, Speedo, Deezer, and the International Management Group (IMG).
He is best known for his research in the study of the use of music in exercise and sport. His scientific output includes 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters, and two textbooks including, most recently, “Applying Music in Exercise and Sport.” His articles on music, exercise and sport have been among the most widely read in recent years among all articles published in “The Sport Journal,” a refereed online journal published by the United States Sports Academy.
Karageorghis is the author of “Inside Sport Psychology,” which was published by Human Kinetics in 2011 and has since been translated into three languages – Polish, Turkish and Farsi.
“My greatest professional accomplishment to date has been the international success of my first book, ‘Inside Sport Psychology,’” he said. “The book did particularly well in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, and so I would hope to produce a second edition in the next couple of years with co-author Professor Peter Terry of the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.”
At Brunel, Karageorghis works with national and global organizations on research projects that involve music applications and technology.
“Over the last three years, I have been working with U.S.-based tech companies on the development of algorithms that underlie the automated creation of music playlists via smartphone apps,” Karageorghis said.
“At the present time, I am working on a global promotional campaign with online music provider Deezer for their new ‘Flow’ concept. My contribution has entailed taking the ‘Flow’ concept into the physical activity domain and I have been collaborating with England rugby player, Ben Foden, who is a brand ambassador.”
According to Karageorghis, the Academy has been served well by founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who he describes as a global leader in sport education.
“The strength of the Academy is that it is an outward-looking institution that has done a great deal in terms of building bridges between disparate societies and ideologies,” Karageorghis said. “The tireless ambassadorial work that Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich engaged in over several decades was particularly valuable and he is known throughout the world as a leader in sport education.
“For me personally, blended learning approaches work best because I am able to acquire new knowledge and skills through a variety of learning modalities. As a pedagogue, I am constantly looking for ways by which to optimize my own students’ teaching and learning experiences.
“A key principle that I picked up from the Academy was the democratizing nature of distance learning and how it enfranchised non-traditional student populations. Subsequent to my graduation, online learning approaches have served to bring people together in their pursuit of sport-related knowledge and the Academy’s international outlook remains one of its biggest strengths.”
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