Dec 02, 2015 3:54 AM GMT
NYT: The aggression and competitive drive necessary to beat an opponent into the ground, the thinking goes, is undermined by the spilling of one’s seed.
Nor is the practice limited to American football. Before last year’s World Cup, coaches of several teams instituted teamwide bans on lovemaking. As Safet Susic, the coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national soccer team, told reporters: “There will be no sex in Brazil.”
The theory that sex saps male aggression — and conversely that abstinence builds it — is widespread in boxing. Muhammad Ali was said to have a hold-out period of six weeks before a fight.