Answering questions about Athletic Protection and providing a Comfortable and Effective solution is what Spider Guard is all about. That’s why we have taken the time to answer some of your questions.
- How to wear the cup properly: For a cup to work properly, it must fit tightly and firmly against the body. A loose fitting cup will allow the impact of a blow or hit to slam the cup into the testicles, causing pain and possible injury. If your cup-jockstrap or cup-brief does not hold your cup firmly and tightly against your body you can wear a pair of tight fitting nylon/spandex athletic briefs over them.
- What to wear with the cup: Always wear a cup in a cup-jockstrap, cup-brief, or cup-sliding short that’s designed to hold a cup. The jockstrap, brief or short’s will have a pouch to house the cup.
- Proper cup placement: With triangular-shaped cup, Insert testicles into bottom and narrower end of cup, lift penis up and lay across inside top of cup.
- Putting on the Jockstrap: Step into cup-jockstrap and pull elasticized leg straps up around legs, and the waist-strap firmly around waist with the cup at the front of your body and over your genitals.
- How to Buy the Right Size Athletic Supporter: An athletic supporter or jockstrap is a critical piece of sporting equipment for male athletes. An athletic supporter without a plastic cup provides male athletes with additional support when running, cycling, in-line skating or playing a friendly game of basketball. While a jockstrap used with a plastic cup provides greater protection when playing contact sports like football, soccer and lacrosse in which you have a greater risk of a groin injury from a direct hit from a fast-moving ball, piece of equipment, or an arm, leg or foot.Besides being effective against potential injuries, an athletic supporter must be comfortable to wear for long periods of time. But how do you determine what size jockstrap to wear?
Determine which type of athletic support you will need – a regular or cup style.
If you’ll be participating in a non-contact sport, like jogging, track and field, swimming or diving, in which you just need genital support, a regular athletic supporter with a mesh pouch will be adequate. If you’re playing a contact sport, like baseball, football or ice hockey, you will need cup style jockstrap. Ultimately, your decision will be based on how much protection you want.
Determine if you’ll wear your jockstrap over or under your boxers or briefs.
It is recommended that you wear your athletic supporter under your boxers or briefs. You want the pouch of the jockstrap to fit snugly against your skin to protect your privates, especially if you’re wearing a cup. However, some men and boys prefer to wear their jockstrap over their underwear.
The size of an athletic supporter is based on waist circumference – not cup size.
Using a flexible tape measure, measure the circumference of your waist at the widest part of your waist or at the point of your waist where you normally wear your pants. Round the number up to the nearest quarter inch. If you plan to wear your jockstrap over your underwear, take your measurements while wearing your boxers or briefs. You will likely need to purchase a larger size to accommodate the added fabric of your underwear.
Use your waist measurement to determine which athletic supporter size to wear.
To determine whether you should wear a small, medium, large or extra large, look at the waist circumference for each size listed in inches on the package.
Note: The size can vary between manufacturers. In general, an adult small is between 26 to 32 inches. A medium is 34 to 38 inches. A large is between 40 to 44 inches. If you are in between sizes, it’s recommended that you choose a smaller size, so the pouch fits snugly against your body.
For children’s athletic supporters, the size will be the same size as their underwear. If your son is going to wear the jockstrap over his underwear, choose one size larger.
Try on the athletic supporter to make sure it fits correctly and comfortably.
It should be tight enough to lift and hold your genitals close to your body. However, it shouldn’t be too tight that it causes chafing. If the pouch is too tight, you may need to go up to the next size to accommodate your genitals comfortably. If this is the case, you may need to have waistband size altered down in order for the jockstrap to fit correctly.
Check the fit of the elastic straps that wrap around your thighs. The straps should fit snugly, so they don’t twist or roll. But they also shouldn’t pinch your skin. If the jockstrap fits around your waist, but the straps are too tight around your thighs, you may need to have the thigh straps altered by a tailor to make them a little bigger. Or, you can buy a larger waist size and have the waistband taken in.
If you’re going to wear a cup with your athletic supporter, make sure the cup fits snugly against your body when it’s held within the pouch.
If the cup is too tight, choose a supporter in a larger waist size. If the waistband is too big then, have it altered by a tailor, if needed. Refer to the article on the Spider Guard website, How to Choose an Athletic Cup, for more information about on how to select a cup.
Spider Guard Competition Cup and Athletic Supporter for a Comfortable Fit
The Spider Guard athletic supporter is made with breathable, 360-degree stretch fabric, so it expands in every direction, ensuring optimal comfort and superior mobility. The 2-inch wide waistband and the 0.5-inch leg straps have a soft touch, plush inside for a secure, comfortable fit. The cup pouch is designed for excellent lift and support.
The Spider Guard Competition Cup provides you with more protection than a standard cup. Our revolutionary design enables you to have more lateral movement while still providing the same security as a standard hard cup.
- How to Choose an Athletic Cup: Unless you grew up in a house full of brothers – and probably not even then, most moms don’t know much about athletic cups. (Heck, even some dads haven’t had any experience with them.) But if you have a son who needs a cup to play sports, you have to educate yourself pretty quickly.Standing in front of a display of hundreds of athletic cups can be pretty confusing. How do you know which size to buy for your son? Here is some information to help you make that decision.
The first thing to know is, protective cups don’t come in a one-size-fits-all. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from. However, the main purpose of a cup is lift, support and protect a male’s genitals from impact while playing sports.
1. Select a brand and style.
Generally, there are 2 different styles of cups:
“Traditional” triangular shape. The traditional style is shaped like a “V.” It is worn with the narrow end facing downward. Generally, the side that fits against the body is somewhat flat; however, some brands contour to some degree to the body. The penis is lifted up and encapsulated within the cup, along with the testicles, to support and protect them.
Banana shape. Curved like a banana, this cup also has a narrower bottom. However, it’s designed so a male’s genitals can hang downward within the cup.
Which style you choose is more a matter of preference and comfort for your son. Just know that not all traditional and banana cups are the same.
The Spider Guard Competition Cup is a triangular-shaped cup; however, it’s different from other brands. A properly working cup must be able to transfer the energy from a blow through the cup and into the padding along the outer edges and against the body – not against the penis or testicles. Traditional cups made of hard plastic absorb energy from an impact up to a point, but they can still break when too much force is applied. Since the Spider Guard Competition Cup is made of flexible polymer in a web-like design, it absorbs energy from blows better – transferring the energy through the cup and to the body without the risk of crumbling under the force. Additionally, the flexible polymer of the Spider Guard Competition Cup is more comfortable for your son to wear when compared to hard, non-giving plastic.
2. Choose the correct size.
Choose an athletic cup that matches the physique. Do not buy a larger cup size than necessary. Cup size is not determined by age, weight or waist size of the wearer. But by the size of the area being protected.
Select from Cup sizes:
Youth Cup size: Length- 5.5in, Width- 4.0in, Depth- 1.5in
Teen Cup size: Length- 6.5in, Width- 4.5in, Depth- 2.0in
Adult Cup size: Length- 7.5in, Width- 4.5in, Depth- 2.5in
Make sure the cup is big enough to hold all of the genitals and doesn’t just hover over them. Otherwise, the genitals won’t be protected and can become pinched when hit. However, on the opposite side of the spectrum, the cup shouldn’t be too loose. A cup that’s too big will slam into the testicles when hit. This can cause as much pain and injury as if your son wasn’t wearing a cup.
A properly fitted cup will fit firmly and tightly against the body with ample capacity to hold the genitals and plenty of rubber or foam padding along the edges. A cup shouldn’t shift and move during vigorous sports play. If the cup does move, it isn’t correctly fitted and can leave your son unprotected.
- Why Your Son Needs to Wear an Athletic Cup: At a recent baseball game, a guy was covering second base. The batter hit the ball out to left field. The left fielder fumbled catching the ball, but he eventually picked it up and threw it to second base. The throw was a little short. The ball hit the ground and bounced up, smacking the second baseman right in the groin. Unfortunately, the second baseman wasn’t wearing an athletic cup. He immediately fell to his knees and doubled over in pain. Needless to say, the second baseman was out for the rest of the game while he recovered from the pain. Fortunately, the guy didn’t suffer any severe damage.This story is a perfect illustration as to why your son needs to wear an athletic cup whenever he plays contact or collision sports. While injuries to the testicles aren’t that common (which is why some men and boys think they don’t need to wear an athletic cup), they can – and do – happen. Therefore, it’s important to take steps to prevent any serious injuries from occurring.
What are testicles?
The testicles or “balls” are part of the male reproductive system. They make and store sperm. They also produce testosterone, which is the male sex hormone responsible for male facial hair, bigger muscles, lower voices and sex drive. Without testicles, men wouldn’t be able to have children.
The testicles are housed within a sac called the scrotum, which hangs outside of the body. The scrotum helps keep the testicles at the right temperature. The testicles and scrotum don’t have any bone or muscle that surrounds and protects them like other organs do. Therefore, if they’re hit, kicked or crushed, which can happen during contact sports, they take the full force of any blow since there’s no cushion to absorb it.
What happens if my son is hit in the groin while playing sports?
Any fast-moving kick, ball or helmet that hits a boy in the groin area can cause serious damage. Your son may experience severe pain, bruising, swelling, internal bleeding, testicular torsion or rupture, and/or, in more severe cases, even possible infertility.
Following a hit, your son will experience intense pain. He may feel nauseous and possibly vomit. In most cases, your son’s pain and nausea should get better within an hour. And he shouldn’t experience any permanent damage to his sex organs.
However, if your son experiences any of the following symptoms, he needs to see a doctor immediately.
He doesn’t feel better within an hour of being hit.
He has bruising or swelling in the scrotum.
He has trouble urinating or has blood in his urine.
He develops a fever.
These are signs of a more serious injury.
Two serious complications of testicular trauma are:
Testicular torsion – A rare medical emergency that occurs when the cord holding the testicle in place twists inside the scrotum, cutting off the blood supply. The doctor may be able to untwist the testicle or your son may require surgery. If it’s left untreated, your son could lose the testicle or its function.
Testicular rupture – Another rare medical emergency in which the testicle is ruptured during a direct, forceful blow or if the testicle is crushed against the pelvic bone. The rupture causes blood to leak into the scrotum. Surgery is required to repair the damage.
How can my son prevent testicular injuries while playing sports?
Always make sure your son wears an athletic cup whenever he plays contact or collision sports, such as baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and mixed martial arts. Athletic cups are made out of a hard plastic to protect his groin area from direct hits or crushing. Many mothers find that their sons prefer the Spider Guard Competition Cup to other manufacturers’ athletic cups. The Spider Guard Competition Cup has flexible sides to make it more comfortable to wear while the hard front can decelerate and absorb more energy created from a direct impact when compared to standard cups.
Also make sure the athletic cup is the right size for your son. If it’s too large or too small, it won’t protect him from injury. If you need more help in correctly sizing your son’s cup, talk to your son’s doctor or coach.
- Which Sports Require an Athletic Cup: Does your son want to play youth league or school sports? Many sports require boys and young men to wear special safety equipment while playing the sport to prevent injuries. Standard safety equipment can include helmets, face masks, mouth guards, body padding, knee pads, shin guards and cleats. However, if your son is going to participate in sports that involve direct physical contact between players or sports equipment (such as balls or hockey sticks), he really should wear an athletic supporter with a protective cup.An athletic cup is typically a piece of sports equipment made of hard plastic with ventilation holes that covers a male’s groin area. However, one cup on the market – the Spider Guard Competition Cup – is made of a flexible polymer in a web-like design. The Web Flex technology of this cup absorbs the energy from a direct hit by flexing the web-like design. This flexible technology also makes the Spider Guard Competition Cup more comfortable for your son to wear.
Why should your son wear a protective cup?
If your son were to get hit in the groin area by a fast-moving kick, ball or other piece of equipment, he may experience severe pain, bruising, swelling and other serious injuries. Something no mom or dad wants their kid to experience.
That’s why it’s important that he wear an athletic cup when playing youth league or school, contact or collision sports like:
Baseball, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Field hockey, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Wrestling.
Even if your son’s coach doesn’t make his players wear athletic cups, you may want to make it your requirement for your son for his own protection.
If your son doesn’t participate in any of the sports above, there are other recreational sports in which it just makes sense that your son should protect his privates from injury since the risk of an impact is high. These sports include:
Boxing, BMX biking, Bronc riding, Bulldogging, Bull riding, Martial arts, Mountain biking, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Steer and calf roping
Steer wrestling, Other extreme sports.
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to be proactive when it comes to safety issues concerning your son. Learn about the risks created by the sports your son plays and take preventative safety measures, like requiring him to wear an athletic cup.
It’ll give you peace of mind while protecting him from possible pain.
- Benefits of Wearing Compression Shorts: If you’ve ever watched sports on TV and saw your favorite male professional athlete wearing form-fitting shorts that look like they’re made of spandex, he’s wearing compression shorts.What are compression shorts?
Compression shorts are undergarments made of polyester and a tight spandex-like elastic. They’re kind of like a cross between a girdle and really tight bike shorts since they fit so snugly (about 15% smaller than a regular size). They’re intended to be worn next to your skin like underwear. Besides you can’t really wear underwear under compression shorts anyway since they’ll likely to double up and become uncomfortable.
Compression shorts are often worn under uniforms or looser-fitting shorts during training. They’re designed to be worn in place of an athletic supporter or jock strap. They come in two options: 1) one with a pouch to hold an athletic cup, or 2) one without a pouch.
Compression shorts come in various lengths, however, they’re typically mid-thigh length.
What are the benefits of compression shorts?
Compression shorts provide several benefits to athletes:
They support the muscles in your abdomen, buttocks and thighs, holding them in place when you twist, stretch or pivot during a game or strenuous exercise.
They keep your muscles warm by compressing the tissue, so less damage occurs to the muscles. This action can help delay or prevent muscle soreness, swelling and fatigue.
They help increase blood flow to your muscles which can enhance your athletic performance.
They speed up the removal of acids and other byproducts of physical activity from your muscles, helping to reduce cramps and pulls.
They wick away sweat from your body, dispersing it faster. You’ll stay cooler; and you’ll have less chafing and rashes.
The compression from the shorts can protect you against deep vein thrombosis which can cause harmful blood clots.
They lift and support the penis and testicles, holding them close to your body and out of the way of movement to protect your privates from injury. Some variations have a pouch which can hold an athletic cup for added protection.
Many athletes prefer wearing compression shorts when running or playing football, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and tennis, because they’re more comfortable to wear than a traditional athletic supporter – especially since there aren’t any bands to dig into their skin.
Spider Guard offers two options of compression shorts – with a Spider Guard Competition Cup or without. Spider Guard compression shorts provide extreme comfort and compression without feeling restricted. The 360-degree stretch fabrication give you greater mobility while retaining the shape of the garment.
- What You Need to Know About Athletic Supporters and Cups: If you’re like most mothers, athletic supporters and cups are a mystery, because you’ve never had to wear one to play sports. However, if your son wants to play youth league or school sports, you need to know what athletic supporters and cups are and why they’re necessary.Perhaps, you’ve witnessed a brother, boyfriend, husband or other male person whose gotten hit by a ball or other object in the nuts – or testicles to be more exact. The pain can make the person double over, it is so intense. They may feel nauseous or even vomit. However, the pain eventually eases in an hour. Sometimes, symptoms, like bruising or swelling, blood in the urine, and/or difficulty urinating, are more serious and require medical treatment.
Athletic supporters and cups are protective equipment worn under your son’s sports uniform. They form the base layer of his underwear. Athletic supporters and cups can protect your son’s genitals from injury, like a hit from a knee or a ball or another piece of sports equipment, when playing contact or collision sports.
An athletic supporter, also known as a jockstrap, is an undergarment made of cloth with an elastic waistband and two elastic bands that are attached to the base of the pouch and to the left and right sides of the waistband at the hip. The two elastic bands fit around a male’s legs to hold the athletic supporter in place.
The snug-fitting, cloth pouch lifts, supports and cradles a male’s testicles and scrotum against his body. By holding the male’s genitals tightly against his body, the jockstrap reduces his risk of being hit from more than a glancing blow. Some varieties of athletic supporters are made with a pocket to hold the athletic cup in place.
Athletic or protective cups are devices made of hard plastic that are molded to fit the curves of a male’s groin area. Typically, the cups have small ventilation holes for increased airflow. Also, they may have a gel material or soft rubber edges for added comfort.
Athletic cups can be placed inside the pocket of an athletic supporter or inside a pair of briefs or compression shorts. The athletic cup holds a male’s genitals close to his body and absorbs much of the impact from a direct blow.
The Spider Guard Competition Cup is different than other protective cups on the market. The flexible plastic shell enables the athlete to have more lateral movement than traditional hard cups. The Spider Guard Competition Cup also provides more protection since it slows and absorbs more of the harmful energy created by an impact instead of allowing that energy to be transferred to the athlete’s body.
When Should Your Son Wear an Athletic Supporter or Cup
Athletic supporters can be worn with or without cups, depending upon the sport. Jockstraps without a cup provide support for male athletics during sports like running, track and field, rollerblading and cycling. Jockstraps with cups should be worn during contact or collision sports like football, soccer, lacrosse, ice or field hockey, rugby, baseball, basketball, and mixed martial arts.
Therefore, before your son goes off to play his favorite sport, make sure he’s protected from serious injuries to his groin area. You’ll have peace of mind that he’s safe and secure.