Hits can result in anything from pain, severe pain, or a trip to a doctor’s office. Men, teens, and even boys should and must wear groin protection for any martial arts training. This is unfortunately sometimes overlooked with boys because parents don’t think kicks and hits are that hard. They don't have to be hard since the testicles are so sensitive to impact.
The primary reason males wear an athletic cup is for good testicle protection, obviously. So first, an athletic cup has to fit your sized genitals. Men should not wear a teen-sized groin cup, and an 8-year-old playing baseball should not wear an adult-sized athletic cup. “Size matters” in groin cup protection!
He might not say "thank you", but the first time he takes a hard hit to the cup he will think about it, and understand how lucky he was to have good groin protection. Young athletes need to focus on their sport, not their testicles.
MMA has seen its share of “cup accidents” due to the athlete’s cup being “out of place”, or being “too loose”.Both can cause the cup to slam into the very organs they are trying to protect. In 2017, at Road FC39 in Seoul, South Korea, Chinese fighter Aorigele was groin kicked just seven seconds into the fight leading to him being hospitalized......