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Sex Before Sports

Having sex 10 to 12 hours before a sporting event shouldn’t affect an athlete’s performance, scientists report.

You’ve probably heard about coaches telling their players to abstain from sex before an important game or match. It’s often believed that having sex prevents athletes from performing to their full potential.

But research presented at the 2013 Asics Conference of Science and Sport, organized by Sports Medicine Australia, found that this isn’t so.

The scientists analyzed previous studies on the subject. Based on their review, they concluded that sex the night before a sporting event did not affect athletic tests, such as maximum grip strength, balance, reaction time, and aerobic power.

In a press release, study author Shahram Mohaghegh of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran said, “One of the studies showed significantly higher heart rate readings during a stress test at the five and ten minute mark for subjects who had engaged in sexual activity two hours before, those higher readings disappeared when the same test was performed 10 hours after sex.”

He added, “In one other study 40 per cent of athletes said while exercising immediately after sexual intercourse they felt worse, while more than 90 per cent said having sex 12 hours before an endurance event did not influence their performance.”

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The Roar

“The old ‘no sex before sports’ edict is a myth”

(October 16, 2013)

Sports Medicine Australia

“Sex before sport okay”

(Press release. October 14, 2013)