Science says that sex can actually help, not hurt, athletic performance. But wary coaches disagree
When you’re competing in the world’s most-watched sporting event – 2014 Fifa World Cup – you don’t take any chances with your body. So while experts may disagree about whether having sex before a game can affect a player’s performance, many teams at this year’s World Cup have implemented sex bans.
“There will be no sex in Brazil. They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want. I am not interested what the other coaches do, this is not a holiday trip, we are there to play football at the World Cup,” Safet Susic, the coach of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s national soccer team told reporters of his team’s ban in April.
On Tuesday, Quartz broke down the sex rules for the 2014 Fifa World Cup teams. To sum up:
Sex is permitted on these teams: Germany, Spain, the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Uruguay and England
Sex is banned on these teams: Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Mexico
And the rules are complicated on these teams:
- France (you can have sex but not all night),
- Brazil (you can have sex, but not “acrobatic” sex),
- Costa Rica (can’t have sex until the second round) and
- Nigeria (can sleep with wives but not girlfriends)
The rules for the remaining teams are unknown.
Are some sex rules excessive? Probably. The two most common concerns about pre-game sex are that intercourse might make a player tired and weak or it could affect him psychologically. Studies have shown that the former is a myth.
Read more at http://time.com/2894263/world-cup-sex-soccer/