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Why Do Athletes Have So Much Sex In The Olympic Village?

Why Do Athletes Have So Much Sex In The Olympic Village?

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Apparently, the athletes at the Olympics are at it like rabbits.

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In 2012, during the London Olympics, it was reported that 150,000 condoms were handed out to athletes, and this year apparently 450,000 condoms are being distributed during the games in Rio.

People think that the athletes train and train for years on end, moderating their sex lives, so when it comes to the time when they can relax a little bit, sex is on their minds.

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This isn't the case however, as sports scientist and Olympic training coach Mike Young, PhD, said when speaking to BuzzFeed Health.

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"A lot of it comes down to this notion that a man's vigor is in his sperm, and the theory would be that by abstaining from sexual activity you somehow keep testosterone high or even increase it," Young said. "That's completely refuted by the research."

It was found that popping the P in the V actually increases testosterone, so can somewhat help with performances.

So maybe getting down to it before a big event will help? Well only if it's not within two hours of that event starting, as BuzzFeed reports that leaving that little time won't be a big enough window to recover.

Doing the dirty can act as a distraction or stress buster for some, as sports psychologist Stephen Graef explained to BuzzFeed. Ultimately, though, it comes down to whether a person feels like they can or not.

Young told them: "We found that the biggest indicator was your preconceived notion of whether or not it would impact you.

"The takeaway we found was that your own moral code or perception of what will happen will likely happen."

No wonder they get through so many condoms in the Athletes' Village.

Words by Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

 

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