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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

  • Free running or parkour

  • 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.

For more information on Spider Guard Competition Cups, visit www.spiderguardtek.com. We offer convenient online shopping any time – day or night.