If so, you might just do better in your athletic pursuits. An interesting study conducted at California State University examined the relationship between feelings of love and athletic performance. The study looked at 256 female and 133 male athletes, most of whom were collegiate athletes (85%) with some professional (8%) and Olympic athletes (7%) as well. The findings included…
- 55% of athletes felt that being in love helped their athletic performance.
- Participants who were involved in individual sports, like boxing or snowboarding, were more likely to feel that love helped their performance.
- Participants in team sports, like basketball or hockey, were more likely to report that love hindered performance or they were unsure of the effect of love on their performance.
- Those individuals who reported jealous partners were more likely to report that love was detrimental to performance.
- Individuals with supportive partners, as well as those with partners who were also athletes, were more likely to indicate that love enhanced athletic performance.
- Men were more likely than women to indicate that love was good for their athletic performance, especially if they described their relationship as companion/committed (rather than passionate).
This data was presented in 2011 at the 119th American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Washington, D.C. It has not undergone the peer review process and published in a journal yet.