You won’t catch many Kentucky football players listening to music through their Beats By Dre headphones prior to games, thanks to a new locker room philosophy from Erik Korem, UK’s high performance coach. Korem encourages players to create their own music and generate excitement from within.
“We actually showed them, through research, that there is something called ‘fight or flight’ response, and when you’re about to go in the game, or if you’re about to get into a fight, your nervous system excites. But when you’re constantly plugged into music, we found that your body doesn’t have that natural response.” he explained.
“When we first started training, we wanted to show these guys how to naturally, and fully control what we call their ‘arousal levels’, and it wasn’t fun at the beginning, but then we explained to them that, ‘Guys, you have to learn how to create your own music’ and it started to click with them that YOU create your own level of excitement. You don’t want to be hooked on some type of stimulus.”
Korem also encourages players to leave the headphones at home when they’re walking around campus so they don’t miss out on life around them. That can’t be an easy lesson to teach 19- and 20-year-old college students.
Watch Korem’s high performance interview with CBS below:
[via Football Scoop]