Yesterday, while surfing the web, my eye caught a newspaper headline: “British soccer players in abstinence during the World Cup.”
After doing a bit of reading, this is what I discovered: the British players will have restricted contact with their partners and will be monitored by video cameras in their bedrooms. However, there is no scientific proof that having sex before a game takes a significant amount of juice from an athlete’s body to affect their skills, although the hormonal and psychological aspects haven’t been studied in as much depth.
The Argentine team will be allowed to have sex, but only on non-game days, with their regular partners, and without alcohol.
I find it intriguing that in other circumstances within society sexual abstinence can be seen as an extreme; yet for the World Cup, it is a very present reality. In any case, it isn’t so much the physical I’m interested in, but the mental. Can the act of making love take away from your focus? I believe this concentration is something professional athletes learn to flex as much as the muscles on their bodies.
“No sex before the game on Sunday!” Rosanna yelled out at the end of an intense practice last night. There were a couple of laughs, but I was left wondering how far the thirst for a win can push an athlete.
Thank you Cliff for inspiring me to write this post.
Spanish links: http://www.goal.com/es/news/24/mundial-2010/2010/05/26/1944320/argentina-los-jugadores-podr%C3%A1n-tener-sexo-en-el-mundial