If you’re looking to gain an athletic edge over your opponents, should you avoid sex before a big competition? Despite the common view that abstaining from sex before competition can boost athletic performance, new research published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology has found no evidence that sex can negatively affect your performance.
Laura Stefani, an Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Florence, Italy and colleagues examined hundreds of studies that evaluated the link between sexual activity and sport performance.
The team found that pre-competition sex did not negatively affect athletic performance. If anything, one study found an increase in performance among marathon runners who had sex the night before their competition.
“Abstaining from sexual activity before athletic competition is a controversial topic in the world of sport,” said Stefani. “We show no robust scientific evidence to indicate that sexual activity has a negative effect upon athletic results.”