- Some soccer teams have forbidden sex during the World Cup, while others allow it.
- There is no scientific evidence that sex impairs athletic performance.
- The psychological effects remain unstudied.
After four years of anticipation and endless hours of training, soccer players from 32 countries are doing everything they can to play their best at the World Cup. Among their last-minute preparations in South Africa, the athletes are eating well and sleeping enough. They may also be abstaining from sex -- or not.
According to news reports, the Argentine team doctor has given the team his permission to have sex with their usual partners during the tournament. Sex is also allowed for Brazilian players.
The players from England, however, will be allowed to see their wives and girlfriends just once after each game, maybe less if they keep winning. Partners of the British players cannot stay overnight. There is no sex allowed, and the coach will be monitoring their behavior through TVs in their hotel rooms.