Athletes urged to have sex in order to perform better at sport
Posted Sep 23 2009 10:01pm
So the sport of cricket may not be on your top ten list of endurance sports but you might find this news interesting never-the-less.
India' s cricketers at the Champions Trophy in South Africa are being urged by their coaches to have more sex to play better cricket and increase their sports performance.
In a leaked document circulated among the players the instructions could not be more clear with a chapter entitled "Does sex increase performance?"
"Yes it does, so go ahead and indulge," the document said, before detailing the benefits of a good sex life and even suggesting "going solo" if no partners were available.
"From a physiological perspective, having sex increases testosterone
levels, which cause an increase in strength, energy, aggression and
competitiveness," the document said.
"Conversely, not having
sex for a period of a few months causes a significant drop in
testosterone levels in both males and females, with the corresponding
passiveness and decrease in aggression," according to Breitbart.com.
So does sex (or the lack thereof) help or hinder performance when it comes to endurance sports?
That' s a question that' s been studied and the best consensus is that sex before a big race is not detrimental to perforce as some might believe.
"But scientists say there is no physiological evidence to suggest that
sex before competition is bad. In fact, some studies suggest that
pre-sports sex may actually aid athletes by raising their testosterone
levels, for example.
It is unclear, however, what psychological effects sex may have
on an athlete' s performance. Some scientists suggest that abstinence
could help some athletes concentrate better.
"There are two possible ways sex before competition could
affect performance," said Ian Shrier, a sports medicine specialist at
McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
"First, it could make you tired and weak the next day," Shrier said. "This has been disproved.
"The second way is that it could affect your psychological state of mind. This has not been tested," he said," according to National Geographic News.