Sexual intercourse and physical activity. The myth of the negative effect of maintaining coital sexual intercourse prior to performing physical activity

José Moncada Jiménez

M. Sc. Yamileth Chacón Araya

*Corresponding author: M. Sc. José Moncada Jiménez jmoncada@cariari.ucr.ac.cr

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Moncada Jiménez, J., & Chacón Araya, Y. (2006). Sexual intercourse and physical activity. The myth of the negative effect of maintaining coital sexual intercourse prior to performing physical activity. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 84, 58-65.

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Abstract

The present review focuses in presenting the scientific evidence that contradicts the myth that states that maintaining sexual intercourse is detrimental prior to performing physical activity that requires a maximal effort. Although at this time the myth continues spreading in some sport settings, there are not scientific studies that indicate that maintaining coital sexual intercourse is detrimental to athletic performance. Based on physiological, metabolic and psychological measurements, it has been found that sexual intercourse does not affect positive or negatively physical performance in males. The scarcity of scientific literature in this subject demonstrates the need for further investigation in order to offer proper advice and counseling to physically active populations of diverse ages, in this case, to athletes.

Keywords: Myths, Physiology, Psychology, Sexual Intercourse, Sport, Superstitions.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: April 1, 2006