Sex Before Sport Is Bad : The Myth, The Horrible Myth!

The legendary footballer George Best was famous for having sex the day of a football match. Today, an act such as this would be frowned upon beyond measure, but why?

It was previously thought that sexual activity before sport sapped drive, determination and strength, as well as reduced concentration, but a new study suggests quite the opposite. The study suggests that those people who had sex the night before a sporting event had higher testosterone levels the next day than those who had not had sex. Along side this, sex leg muscle strength, grip strength, reaction time or flexibility was no different in those people who had had sex the night before.

Heck, maybe it’s time to rewrite the rule book! Happy days!


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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