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Protective Cups: Essential Piece of Sports Safety Equipment

It is important to know when your son plays contact or collision sports, there is always the risk of genital injury.  To protect against such injury, boys need to wear protective cups. It doesn't matter how young your son is.  Four-year-olds just starting out in T-ball, all the way up to the pros, need to wear protective cups.  Boys also, of course, need to wear an athletic supporter (e.g. jock strap) to hold the cup in place.

So what exactly are cups and jock straps? They are protective equipment worn under an athlete's uniform as part of the base layer of their underwear. The cup is primarily for supporting and protecting a boy's testicles or genitalia.  The cup is a hard molded piece of plastic that fits inside of a pouch, either inside of a brief or in a jock strap.

Up until about two years ago the selection of boy's cups and supporters/jock straps was pretty basic.  The vast majority were manufactured by Bike, a brand name that has its origin in the "bike jockeys" of the late 1800s.

We've come a long way since then.

Recommended for all contact and collision sports

Cups are recommended equipment for just about any sport your son plays which involves a puck, a ball, or possible collision or contact with another player, including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse 
  • Martial Arts
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Swimming (jock only).

Posted March 1, 2012

Average: 4 (1 vote)

great overview of cups

This topic is avoided by many boys and parents. Testicular protection need not be embarrassing in this day and age.  This video does an excellent job of explaning and showing different styles, flex, shapes and sizes of athletic cups that are available today.  So many people, especially single mothers, do not understand the risks and pain of boy's playing contact sports without a cup that is the correct size and held securely in place.