Should Sex Be Avoided before Competition?

A common belief among athletes is that sex before competition can adversely affect their performance, but what does the research say?

One of the oldest and frequently asked questions and most hotly debated subjects in sporting circles relates to the controversial issue of whether sexual intercourse affects subsequent sports performance.

A long-held belief among many athletes and their coaches is that you should avoid sex before competition for fear of expending unnecessary energy, suppressing aggression and thereby removing any natural competitive edge.

It is widely reported that sporting legend Muhammad Ali is said to have abstained from sex for six weeks before a big fight. British sprinter and Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie supported this notion stating that a romp before a race made his “legs feel like lead”. In contrast there are many anecdotal stories from other athletes claiming to have benefited from sex the night before competition. Read more

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