Compassionate love boosts athletic performance

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2011, 16:55 PM IST

Washington: A new study has revealed that being in love enhances athletic performance.

More than half the athletes surveyed said being in love helped their game.

Compassionate love, the type of affection and trust present in a long-lasting relationship, was more strongly associated with improved performance than passionate love, the feelings of euphoria and exhilaration experienced at the beginning of a relationship that usually fizzle within two years, the study said.

“Relationships, as long as they’re loving and healthy and happy, tend to be positively influencing athletic performance,” Live Science quoted study researcher Kelly Campbell, a psychologist at the University of California, San Bernardino, as saying.

“They shouldn’t be viewed in a negative light,” she stated.

Fifty-five percent of athletes surveyed said they thought being in love enhanced their performance. Men were more likely than women to say being in love helped them in their sport.

The findings were presented on Aug. 7 at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

ANI