Two of the biggest facets of mainstream culture in today’s world are music and sports. You would be hard pressed to find someone who did not enjoy a certain aspect or example of both, and most people appreciate and/or participate in both fields in some way or another. Being an music loving athlete myself, my natural thought process is how can I combine the two. I am interested in the idea of entraining physical movement to rhythm in order to achieve maximum velocity, acceleration, power, or whatever may be the case in a specific sport.
Robert Grober, a Professor of Applied Science here at Yale, has already developed an amazing technology in the field of rhythm and sports. Using tiny motion-detecting sensors embedded within golf clubs, Grober has been able to measure the timing and rhythm of a golf swing, and through applied physics far beyond my own capabilities, derive a specific rhythm which will aid golfers in achieving the best swing possible.
I would like to explore the possibility of branching off of his research and applying a similar method to the world of sprinting. An experimental design could be something along the lines of carefully studying footage of Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, and analyzing and calculating his acceleration and stride revolution and rhythm, and then manipulating a carefully selected piece of 20th century music—“Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd—so that the pulse tempo of the song was in alignment with the ideal rhythmic tempo and acceleration of the studied sprinter.