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I am a football player. Will masturbation affect my stamina and strength in legs?

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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At August 30, 2020
Reviewed AtNovember 13, 2020

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 15 years old. I am a football player, and I masturbate twice in a month or sometimes once. Does masturbation cause loss of strength in my legs and stamina?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

This is a very controversial topic you have asked. So I am going to share some research backed information that will help you solve your doubt.

In ancient times, abstinence was considered the best method to ensure athletic performance and communion between body and spirit. Roman, Greek and Indian scholars believed that great sacrifices could sustain success. This is probably the main reason why many coaches support the importance of sexual abstinence before a sports competition. They believe that ejaculation draws testosterone away from the body reducing aggression and muscle strength. This is the main reason behind leg weakness and decreased stamina.

The role of sexual activity on sports performance has not anyway been examined in a scientific fashion, using a rigorous, reproducible approach, and few studies have been specifically dedicated to this matter up to now.

But masturbation can have a negative influence on athletic results because of excess energy expenditure. As I said, there are very few clinical trials are done to prove this point in today's literature, while ancient literature has clearly mentioned the negative impact masturbation has on health.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Pandey Saurabh Hridaynarayan
Dr. Pandey Saurabh Hridaynarayan

General Practitioner

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