Does Abstaining from Sex Make You a Better Player?

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    Dec 02, 2015 3:54 AM GMT
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    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.

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    Dec 02, 2015 5:11 AM GMT
    As a competitive collegiate athlete, I used to abstain from sex at least 3 days before my matches. I violated that practice once, and I paid dearly for it. It relaxed me and sapped my ferocity. Not a good thing if you're into winning.
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    Dec 02, 2015 3:19 PM GMT
    During my water polo years in college, the coach used to give us a pep talk after practice the night before every game, and to amp us up he'd say "Remember, boys - eat it tonight and they'll eat us tomorrow.......beat it tonight and we'll beat them tomorrow!" We knew he meant "no dates tonight, just jack off". I realized that I seriously played more fiercely if I abstained from sex or even jacking the night before a game.

    What the coach never knew was that a few of us jacked off (or more) with each other. (Disclaimer: This photo is not my team).

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    Dec 02, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    In sports psychology, if you think something is making you better then it is.
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    Dec 02, 2015 7:21 PM GMT
    Even the Hindu know that'spilling the seed' drains you of vital energy or prana. Something having to do with semen taking a lot of life force or prana to produce. I've noticed I do have a lot more energy when abstaining from any sexual activities, also more motivation and being able to concentrate on intellectual or spiritual pursuits instead of worldly.
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    Dec 02, 2015 8:16 PM GMT
    irishkcguy saidIn sports psychology, if you think something is making you better then it is.


    I would agree with this. Abstinence is as good as your lucky socks. And the thing is, if your lucky socks provide you with a sense of poise and confidence, then in fact you do play better with them and you should wear them.

    Just because a placebo effect has no direct and independent biological mechanism doesn't mean we should avoid placebos. Placebos are wonderful things. They're only bad/dangerous when they have direct negative consequences (long term steroid use) or when using them masks an underlying somatic disorder which goes untreated.

  • bro4bro

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    Dec 02, 2015 8:25 PM GMT
    Casey Stengel said it best:

    "Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."
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    Dec 02, 2015 10:10 PM GMT
    It looks as though the only evidence is anecdotal.
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    Dec 03, 2015 6:44 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidCasey Stengel said it best:

    "Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."


    OMG that's the greatest quote lol
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    Dec 03, 2015 3:14 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidDuring my water polo years in college, the coach used to give us a pep talk after practice the night before every game, and to amp us up he'd say "Remember, boys - eat it tonight and they'll eat us tomorrow.......beat it tonight and we'll beat them tomorrow!" We knew he meant "no dates tonight, just jack off". I realized that I seriously played more fiercely if I abstained from sex or even jacking the night before a game.

    What the coach never knew was that a few of us jacked off (or more) with each other. (Disclaimer: This photo is not my team).

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    I'm confused......above you said the coach said you could jack off.
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    Dec 03, 2015 5:34 PM GMT
    ^^^^^Yes, he said we could j.o., and sometimes we did - but I realized I played more fiercely when I abstained from j.o. or any kind of 'fun' the night before. In the coach's opinion, guys played better if they didn't chase women and get laid the night before a game. He thought they were better off going to bed early and just jacking.
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    Dec 04, 2015 3:21 AM GMT
    I agree, I have noticed this when I am training at the gym. If I shoot a load an hour or so before my workout I usually feel too relaxed and Ive noticed that I also feel less aggressive. In my opinion aggression helps me lift heavier and stay focused longer therefore I dont have any sex right before my workout.
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    Dec 04, 2015 6:13 AM GMT
    No jerking off or sex night before practice and big match. It will just make you perform poorly, that's it is.

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    Dec 04, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    You need to have a high sex drive for this to work! Not everyone is going to be grumpy if they go through a drought of 3 days.
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    Dec 04, 2015 11:51 PM GMT
    ocjockca saidI agree, I have noticed this when I am training at the gym. If I shoot a load an hour or so before my workout I usually feel too relaxed and Ive noticed that I also feel less aggressive. In my opinion aggression helps me lift heavier and stay focused longer therefore I dont have any sex right before my workout.


    Hopefully you don't work out 5x a week like me icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 05, 2015 7:58 AM GMT
    Haha yea I do but I work around it icon_lol.gif
  • CurvDkBlkTop

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    Dec 05, 2015 4:20 PM GMT
    When I was trying to put on lean muscle mass, I limited my sexual activity to once a week. I notice a marked increase in my energy level and "athletic aggression" when working out.

    (did that for 6 months and put on 22lbs of lean mass, and less than 3lbs of bodyfat.)