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Time for a Pre-match Warm-Up

Published : Saturday, 15 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 134

For some sportsmen, sex before a match is a complete no-no, but many sports stars make sure they have some good sex before a big match or a top race.

Each time there is a World Cup Match or an important sports event, the myths surrounding pre-match sex and the players performances on the pitch start making a buzz. While some coaches and clubs ban pre-match sex for their players, there are some coaches and sportsmen, who openly swear by the power of sex before a big match - First shoot, Then score! But the million-dollar question still lingers if sex helps or hinders a players performance on the field. Team Indias former mental and conditioning coach, Paddy Upton, was not the only one to reveal that he asked celebrated cricket coach Gary Kirsten to allow Team India players to have sex before matches during the 2011 World Cup. In his famous book, The Barefoot Coach, Upton reveals that he had suggested to Kirsten to allow Indian players to have sex before matches to relieve stress.

Power & Performance Well, Upton and Kirsten are not alone. Now, KKRs assistant coach Abhishek Nayar reveals that sex in cricket is very normal. Speaking on The Ranveer Show, he says: "Its normal for anyone to do it. Its different for everybody. There is this constant fight and conundrum in every cricketers mind." Some people will like it, some will abstain.

 Some cricketers do believe that their power and focus tend to improve if they don have sex, while others follow that and end up concluding that nothing has changed for them. So, this is a very individual thing. There is no thumb rule. The fact is, at different phases in life, different things work. No one is desperate, but sometimes there is so much pressure that you want to chill."
Sexpert Speak Throwing some light on the issue, Indias renowned sexologist Prakash Kothari favours the idea of players having sex before a match. Speaking exclusively, Kothari says, "I know not one, but quite a few athletes who have won gold, hit centuries, or excelled at their sport, just after masturbation or satisfactory sex." Nivedita Rajan, a Consultant Sports Psychologist Adjunct faculty, IIT (Madras), and former national-level basketball player considers the complexity of sports and weighs in the physical, mental, and social demands and the impact it has on players. "Indulging in sexual activity with a loved one be it a spouse or partner can provide comfort, belongingness, even a sense of security," Nivedita says.

Many sports coaches and relationship experts firmly believe that the intimate experiences endured can create positivity, provide a relaxed state of mind, and combat anxiety. "This could have a positive effect on sports performance," Nivedita adds.

 A player can go through these personal and intimate experiences during pre-match sex with a spouse, partner, or loved one, but indulging in casual sexual activity may have other psychological impacts.

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