The first step, the first word, and the first drop at the school are always emotional moments for a parent. Another such memorable moment is when your son finds the sport he loves and picks his first bat, first glove, or first pair of shoes. There’s excitement, anticipation, and a sense of purpose in him. Behind all of that, there’s a lot of planning too – planning for performance and planning for injury. Childhood injury can have long-standing implications and it’s smart to protect.
Genitals are the most vulnerable and commonly injured areas in male athletes. Naturally, you want your son to be protected. But, like any other responsible parent, you have your questions, and that’s why we’ve created this guide to answer all your questions.
Is the groin cup really necessary?
Not if your son is playing chess, or perhaps snookers.
On the other hand, if he is playing a sport that involves a considerable risk of injury – hockey, MMA, football, fencing, lacrosse, karate, horse riding, or even paintball for that matter – he needs a strong, dependable, and perfectly-fitted groin cup.
At what age should a boy begin wearing a groin cup?
Boys need to wear groin cups only after they hit puberty.
A boy’s age or even the size of his testicles do not determine when he should start wearing a cup. It’s the risk of injury that matters the most!
Whether your son is learning taekwondo at the age of 8 or 18 years, he needs a groin cup. Period. An unprotected groin is exposed to injury, whether it’s in martial arts, hockey, baseball, or any other sport. Irrespective of your kid’s age and size of testicles, any injuries to genitals can leave permanent damage.
What type of cup should my son wear?
Most kids under the age of 16 do not purchase the groin cup on their own. It’s their parents that make the decision. Sadly, most adults, especially women, do not have the knowledge or any experience with male genital protection. This often leads to bad purchase decisions, ultimately leading to unwitting injuries to their son.
Here is a quick lowdown on the things you must consider when buying a groin cup:
Every sport has a different risk of injury and hence needs different types of groin cups
Groin cups come in several material combinations – plastics (often with steel shields), touch polymers, carbon fiber, and others. In most cases, they feature a gel pad, especially on the outer edges for shock absorbance on impact.
If you pick a bigger size, the cup will move around and compromise the degree of protection it offers. A smaller size won’t fit at all and perhaps even cause a great deal of inconvenience to your son.
Apart from the size, there’s one more thing that determines the fit of the cup – body type. Different body types often require different groin cups. Typically, the body changes with age. So, cups are generally classified based on the age of the user.
My son plays different sports. Which cup would give him the best protection?
As you may know by now, different sports require different types of genital protection. Therefore, it’s common among sports enthusiasts to have multiple types of groin cups for different sports.
Protect Them Well.
A well-designed and ruggedly built groin cup is the only thing standing between your son and unbearable pain or even lasting genital damage. Invest in groin protection and prepare them for the rigor of the sports they love.
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