Just about every time the Olympics or the World Cup roll around, everyone starts talking about sex. Weirdly enough, it’s not just because Olivier Giroud is so hot. It’s because apparently someone, somewhere, in another age, in another time, on another planet, in a tree, said that sex before a big sporting match was, “no good.” For most of us, sex is the major athletic competition of our lives. But for those who have to be at the top of their game consistently, it has traditionally been deemed a distraction and a hindrance.
Traditions are great when they involve excessive turkey and fat men in red suits, but they are uncool when they exclude sex. Still, with so much hype around the subject, the question has to be asked: if you had sex with Olivier Giroud before a big match (a totally realistic situation), would it affect his performance? To find out the answer, we talked to psychologists, looked at medical studies, and researched how the mental and physical sides of sexual activity affects both male and female athletes. Here’s what we found.