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By Jeanette Lee
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June: Your Tunes
June 2013
Q: Do you listen to music when you practice or when you're warming up for a tournament? Do you have any favorite songs to pump you up?
Nick K.; Washington, D.C.

A: I do enjoy listening to music when I practice, but I tend to avoid using headphones. Believe it or not, after all the compications I've had medically, my back is so sensitive that event the lightest extra bit of weight on my waist tends to bother me. Still, I think music can help when you need to keep your focus during training sessions. I use it to put me in a relaxed mood and also to drown out any other possible distractions. But everyone is different, so you have to see what works for you. If you become too interested in the music or your mind wanders from what you need to do at the table, you should rethink your approach. As for my routine before matches, I think music is a great way to get your mind in the right place. Just look around at other sports, like boxers walking to the ring, and it's clear music is a great way to get pumped up. Personally, I tend to like "powerful women" songs before a match - and maybe some Eminem!