Being in love may enhance your athletic prowess, a survey of about 400 competitive athletes suggests.
"Based on our findings, being in a loving relationship is helpful to athletic performance, particularly if it's a long-term committed relationship," says study head Kelly Campbell, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at California State University in San Bernardino.
The research doesn't prove that love will help you perform better or win a competition. "But on some intuitive level, it makes sense," says Temple University sports psychologist Michael L. Sachs, PhD. "If you’re in love, life is generally better and you feel more energized," he tells WebMD. Sachs was not involved with the work. Still, it could be that athletes in a loving, committed relationship share some other factor that explains their improved performance, Sachs says.
"Maybe they don't have to put dinner on the table or take care of the kids, giving them more time to focus on their sport," he says.
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