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Having sex before competition has long been one of the most disputed topic in sports, with coaches in various sports actually banning such behavior from their players during a big-time event like the World Cup or the Olympics. As it turns out, though, new research disagrees with handcuffing athletes, even going as far as saying that it can improve athletic performance.
According to a a study published in Frontiers in Physiology, there's “no robust scientific evidence to indicate that sexual activity has a negative effect upon athletic results.” What's this mean? Go ahead and get down and dirty before competing, guys!
In ancient times, abstinence was considered the best method to ensure athletic performance and communion between body and spirit. Roman and Greek educators believed that great sacrifices could sustain success. This is probably the main reason why many coaches support the importance of sexual abstinence before sports competition, believing that sexual frustration leads to increased aggression.
The relationship between sexual activity and sports is indeed complex and mutual. Sexual activity could be interpreted as a sort of physical activity, positively impacting on health and wellbeing.
So, sorry Muhammad Ali, but holding yourself back from those ladies who wanted to jump your bones the night before a bout was absolutely unnecessary—and this study backs that up.
Researchers discovered this good news after going through 512 different resources and determining the nine most reliable results—with male athletes more frequently investigated than their female counterparts.
Overall, all this means is that there's no need to stay sexually frustrated prior to a big, active event—whether you're a pro athlete or a weekend warrior who's planning on completing his/her first marathon.