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Third-time national recognition for professor who unlocks music's power for gym-goers and goal-scorers


A leading sport and exercise psychology professor from Brunel University London has won a third national award in recognition of the impact his music-related research has on quality of life outside of academia.

Professor Costas Karageorghis's research explores the application of music to exercise and sport, with application for professional sports competitors and everyday people alike. Recent studies led by him include finding how chill-out tunes boost recovery after workout, how pre-match music can enhance group cohesion for elite football teams, and monitoring brainwaves to show how music helps people focus during exercise.

Prof Karageorghis received the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Sport and Exercise Science Impact Award at this year's conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), thanks to his presentation entitled 'Music Applications in Exercise and Sport: A Critical Evaluation of Theoretical Evolution (1995–2018)'.

This award adds to the Sportesse Awards for Sport and Exercise Science he received at the 2011 and 2016 BASES conferences.

"I am delighted to receive this Science Impact Award," said Prof Karageorghis, who is also Brunel's divisional lead for Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences. "Thanks to my colleagues at Brunel for encouraging me to excel, for providing invaluable research mentorship, and for pushing me to take my work into new domains – which has led directly to the greater impact that is recognised by this national award."

An experienced and engaging communicator, Prof Karageorghis has recently delivered a public lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and his research has been featured in newspapers worldwide, from the New York Times to the Sydney Morning Herald. He is also the author of two textbooks and a study guide, including 2017's Applying Music in Exercise and Sport.

Find out more about Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel.

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Joe Buchanunn, Media Relations
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