Up in Smoke: Sports and Sex Romps

By Vanessa Butler

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Up in Smoke: Sports and Sex Romps:

For years the myth that abstinence will enhance physical performance has been thrown around the proverbial ring. Coaches have forbidden entire soccer teams from having sex for weeks, Muhammad Ali went for a month and a half without it before one of his big fights, and some competitors swear chastity is their secret weapon. But today, we can all breathe a sigh of relief: scientists have confirmed that even if we have sex before a big game, it won’t affect our endurance or brute strength.

With the 150,000-odd condoms handed out to the 10,500 Olympian athletes during the 2012 Olympic Games, the myth came back to be debated between coaches. But one scientific study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine has shown that sex or abstinence has no effect on psychological test results.

To prove this, 14 fearless former male athletes were given maximum-effort grip strength tests the morning after a wild night as well as after six days of practicing chastity. Sure enough, there was no change or effect on either test. A follow-up test was even performed at Colorado State University on 10 fit men aged 18 to 45 who were tested on aerobic power, oxygen efficiency, lateral movement, reaction time, balance and grip strength before and after having sex. Again, there was no difference. We can understand choosing to abstain from bedroom activities may keep your eyes on the prize, but it’s also great for alleviating stress. Before any big game day we will always choose shacking up with our own Centerfold over spending a night alone, but that’s just us.


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