Does sexual activity affect your athletic ability? -

Sexual activity and athletic ability

In the world of elite sports, not only have some of the best in the game made their sex life public knowledge - they've sworn by the results.

Mohammed Ali was reported to hold off for six months or more when training for a fight.

Christa Immarino, Olympic marathon trials runner, makes husband John wait two weeks before big events. 

Pro soccer player Gareth Evans brings up an interesting question that every athlete has probably asked themselves: Does abstaining before the game make a difference?

Simply put - no.

Dr. Jorge Figueroa studies and teaches human sexuality at UNC-Wilmington. He says, "There really isn't any evidence at a physiological level that there is any connection, that there are any detrimental effects of sexual activity - in its own right - and athletic performance."

In fact, he says if anything, it may be the other way around.

Wilt Chamberlin had a significant record of sexual conquests and beat an equal number of other records as well. The NBA player claimed to have sex with 20,000 women.

Further evidence? Marv Levy, former coach of the Buffalo Bills, didn't have a sex policy during the regular season - but he did have a policy of 'no sex' before the Super Bowl - an event the Bills lost four straight years.

In fact, a recent study by the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that it actually adds to relaxation and self confidence.

With so much on the line in competitive sports, most athletes might be willing to do whatever it takes to win. The question is: Are they really doing - or not doing - the right things?

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