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Hump Day Investigation: Sex and Athletic Performance

The 2012 Summer Olympics were pretty awesome, right?  Gold medals, records, and apparently if you were an athlete- copious amounts of intercourse.  According to the athletes, Olympic Village has become a "sex fest" (quite different than our JHU Sex Fest in February) that not even 70,000 condoms were enough to cover.

So with the abundance of sexual activity, we're reminded of the question "does sexual activity impede athletic performance?"

Based on the Olympics, we'd say no.  But let's dig deeper, shall we?

According to a literature review published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, this myth has been proven false.  Through small studies of consensual sexual activity and athletic performance, participants were observed to show no significant difference in their athletic abilities.  The studies found that sexual activity neither hindered or heightened one's performance.

Sexual activity and athletic performance aren't linked based on the studies; however, if a person is stressed out about their upcoming athletic event and cannot sleep, it may be beneficial to engage in a stress releasing activity, like sexual activity to help them calm down and possibly promote a better night's sleep. On the other hand, if a person is really tired and not interested in sexual activity, it would be better for the person to fall asleep than force him/herself to engage in sexual activity.  Of course, there are other ways to reduce stress and promote a better night's sleep.  So if sexual activity isn't an option, there are things like working out, reading a funny book, listening to mood enhancing music, and so much more.

If you choose to engage in sexual activity, be sure to use protection.  There are many ways to protect you and your partner, including male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, and hormonal methods, too.  Decide what's right for you and go from there.

Want some free condoms-- stop by the Student Health and Wellness Center or the CHEW office, both in Homewood Building to fill your pockets.  Or want some specific brands, like Trojan or Durex?  Try ordering through our discount program, Condom Sense.   Whatever you choose, just be sure to use your head.

Source: http://journals.lww.com/cjsportsmed/fulltext/2000/10000/does_sex_the_night_before_competition_decrease.1.aspx