Does Sex Affect Athletic Performance?

Does Sex Affect Athletic Performance?

Whenever a major sporting competition is about to occur, it’s common to see news articles about athletes who say they will be abstaining from sex until the event is over. Many athletes and coaches are worried that getting it on before a big sporting event could potentially hurt performance.

But is this concern truly warranted? Does sex really have any effect on athletic performance one way or another?

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Sex at #Rio2016: Does Getting it on Before Competing Hurt Athletic Performance?

Sex at #Rio2016: Does Getting it on Before Competing Hurt Athletic Performance?

Every time a major international sporting competition takes places, news articles inevitably emerge about the athletes who proclaim that they will be abstaining from sex until the competition is over. It seems that many athletes--and some coaches, too--worry that getting it on before a sporting event could ultimately harm performance. Competitors at this year's Olympic Games in Rio have been no exception to this line of thinking. For instance, The Daily Telegraph recently reported that several Australian couples who will be competing in Rio have their own personal abstinence rules in place.

But is this actually going to help them on their way to taking home some medals? Is sex really harmful to athletic performance?

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