Here's How Sex Actually Impacts Athletic Performance


Because you know the Olympic village is lit.

In case you missed it, there is a lot of sex that goes down at the Olympics.

In case you missed it, there is a lot of sex that goes down at the Olympics.

Which makes sense. These are athletes who have been training relentlessly for years to prepare for some of the most important competitions of their lives. Now, they can finally — literally — see the finish line. And they're shacking up with thousands of other like-minded individuals who happen to be particularly gifted when it comes to strength, flexibility, and endurance.

They're gonna have sex.

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The International Olympics Committee even reportedly provided 450,000 free condoms for this exact scenario.

The International Olympics Committee even reportedly provided 450,000 free condoms for this exact scenario.

Which also makes sense, especially considering that Zika, while uncommon during the winter months in Rio, can be sexually transmitted if someone is infected. Not to mention all the other great reasons to have protected sex.

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So with all of this action going on, is it possible that sex can affect someone’s athletic performance?

So with all of this action going on, is it possible that sex can affect someone's athletic performance?

To find out whether or not orgasms can screw with (or, hell, improve) your physical performance, BuzzFeed Health talked to sports scientist and Olympic training coach Mike Young, PhD, director of performance and research at Athletic Lab, and sports psychologist Dr. Stephen Graef, clinical assistant professor at Ohio State University. Here's what they had to say:

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There are lots of superstitions surrounding sex before sports.

There are lots of superstitions surrounding sex before sports.

Especially for men. “A lot of it comes down to this notion that a man's vigor is in his sperm, and the theory would be that by abstaining from sexual activity you somehow keep testosterone high or even increase it,” says Young. “That's completely refuted by the research.”

In fact, research shows that testosterone levels typically increase after sex for both men and women. So sex before a big event could actually give you an acute advantage, says Young, though it wouldn't spill over to the next day.

Another belief is that sexual frustration could lead to increased aggression, which could be beneficial in certain sports. But it doesn't look like there's any research to back that up either.

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