Is it bad to have sex before sports?
Everyone has heard of the age-old myth; having sex before hockey games will result in a bad performance.
Studies have been done all around the world that prove this theory is not true, but that doesn’t mean people still won’t talk about it.
A recent post-practice news conference in Vancouver got a little interesting when a reporter decided to touch on the topic.
“Coach, what are your expectations, and in fact your advice to players, with respect to daily health routines whether it is sleep, eating habits, training, recovery, diet, sex … all the normal things people do every day?” Vigneault was asked.
“As far as the sex goes, that’s none of my business. They can do what they want. I like to have a lot of control but [not] that part there,” Vigneault said.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is right; whether having sex before a game effects a players performance or not, it is not his business.
Scientists say there is no evidence to prove sex before competition is bad. Some statistics show that pre-sports sex may even be good for athletes, as it is known to raise testosterone. According to National Geographic it is unclear what the exact effects sex can have on an athletes body.
Some people say that abstinence before participating in physical activities could help athletes concentrate better and focus on their next game. While other people say that it could help players relax either before or after physical activity.
Whether it affects a player or not many coaches have used it as a tactic in the past, especially in the playoffs.
BBC News quotes British sprinter Linford Christie who apparently agrees with the notion, saying sex the night before a race made his legs feel like lead.
“I certainly never found it had any effect on my performance…Maybe best not the hour before, but the night before makes no odds,” said English soccer star George Best.
An editorial published in 2000 titled “Does Sex the Night Before Competition Decrease Performance?” stated the “long-standing myth that athletes should practice abstinence before important competitions may stem from the theory that sexual frustration leads to increased aggression.”
Abstinence is usually quite popular with athletes competing in tougher sports like boxing or football, in which aggression is a welcomed attribute.
It has been reported that boxing legend Muhummad Ali wouldn’t have sex for six weeks before a fight.
I for one believe that having sex before a game will have no effect on how you perform. Although, if athletes stay up half the night before the game and get little or no sleep it could have some effect.
Other coaches should follow Vigneault and stay away from the notion all together. Even if it has some effect on the players performance the coaches has no business stepping into a player’s personal life.