My son is going to KILL me after he reads this post. But today, we’re talking about protecting a boy and his jewels :). Here’s the deal. Young boys will sometimes think it’s cool to have that thing protruding from his pants… others will be demoralized. That fact of the matter is, it’s up to us as Sports Moms to make sure their protected.
And trust me when I tell you this… the wrong size cup can affect their performance. For one full year, my son wobbled down to first base? Stupid mom, thought it was a just a boy growing into his feet. Nope… it was the wrong sized cup!
So let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Protective athletic supporters and cups are an often over-looked, but important, piece of equipment for young boys involved in competitive sports. It should be used whenever testicular injury becomes a risk.
What can happen if your child isn’t protected? Blunt trauma to the testicles can cause the testicles to rupture and bleed into the scrotum. Testicular torsion results when the spermatic chord, which suspends the testicles in the scrotum, becomes twisted to restricts blood flow. Torsion can occur after blunt trauma, strenuous exercise or even spontaneously. Testicular torsion is generally accompanied by intense pain and swelling on one side of the scrotum. OUCH!
So let’s discuss choices:
Athletic supporters, aka “jockstraps” do the job well. I won’t go into the details because moms don’t have to talk details of their boys privates. You can find these and most major sports stores, but finding the right size can prove a bit challenging.
Compression shorts are another option and can be more comfortable. Again, finding the right size can be a challenge.
My son wears a compression short & a jockstrap. Trying to fit that cup into the short can often result in a burn/diaper rash in the area.
Now let’s talk cups… this is key, as the cup and size can affect performance. It’s the cup that protects the privates from trauma. Size is the key.because protection that is too large or too small may not properly guard against injury.
O.K. moms, this can be uncomfortable, but it’s necessary. Get Dad to do it if it makes you too uncomfortable. Have your boy TRY ON the cup.
Make sure the testicles are in the bottom and NARROW end of the cup. This will sound stupid, but I NEVER knew which way the cup should go. If you get a triangular-shaped cup, make sure the wee-wee if lifted up and lays across inside the top of the cup. Banana cups, you let the wee-wee hang down. And make sure the cup covers ALL genitalia.
Doctors suggest you always wear a cup in a cup-jockstrap, cup-brief, or cup-sliding short that’s designed to hold a cup.. Doctors also suggest a cup (inside a cup-jockstrap, cup-brief, or cup-sliding short)should be worn without anything underneath (don’t wear underwear underneath). This maximizes their protectiveness by completely encasing the male genitals and allowing the genitals to be held tightly against the body.
We had to make a compromise for our son… if you want to wear something underneath, wear a thin pair of nylon/spandex briefs. We had thin sliding shorts.
Most importantly, don’t allow the cup to move around… if it does you’re totally defeating the purpose of the cup and it’s more for decoration or humiliation, depending on how your son views it 🙂