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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Does Sex Affect Athletic Performance? Here's What The Latest Research Says

Does Sex Affect Athletic Performance? Here's What The Latest Research Says

Many athletes abstain from sex before major sporting competitions because they (and sometimes their coaches) are worried that getting it on might have a negative impact on their performance. For instance, British boxer Carl Froch recently abstained from sex with his spouse for three months while preparing for a major fight. Froch actually held out twice as long as famed boxer Muhammad Ali, who reportedly *only* abstained for six weeks before fights. Likewise, Mexican soccer coach Miguel Herrera encouraged his players to avoid sex while they prepared for the World Cup in 2014.

So should other athletes take a cue from these guys? Is there any truth to the idea that sex and sports don't mix?

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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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Does Sex Affect Athletic Performance? (VIDEO)

Does Sex Affect Athletic Performance? (VIDEO)

Many athletes abstain from sex before major sporting competitions out of fear that sexual activity might negatively affect their performance. For instance, it was recently reported the British boxer Carl Froch has been abstaining from sex with his wife for three months while preparing for a major fight. In fact, he even made it a point to sleep in a separate room every night to reduce temptation! Likewise, Mexican soccer coach Miguel Herrera has been encouraging his players to avoid sex as they prepare for the World Cup. So should other athletes take a cue from Froch and Herrera? Are sex and sports really a bad combination? Check out the video below from ASAP Science for the answer.

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