Nothing motivates a male like a good hard hit in the nuts! The testicles are designed to register pain to force us to protect them and prevent injury. And that is what an athletic cup does.
Fewer and fewer men wear cups
Research has shown that in the past 25 years or so, “wearing a cup” is something that fewer and fewer men (and boys) seem to do. In some sports, like American football, cups are pretty much gone for adults, and on a sharp decline even for boys. This is very unfortunate since the risks have not decreased at all, and in some sports, such as martial arts, the risks are higher now due to the increasing number of males active in it.
Protecting your balls is vital
Wearing a cup is not fun. But it’s there for a reason. As a male, protecting our balls from injury is obviously vital for many reasons. But so is reducing the pain from a hit. Many males in sports start wearing a cup after the first really hard hit to the groin.
If you are not convinced? There are plenty of Internet stories and videos of men (and even boys) suffering serious testicle injuries (including a loss of a testicle) where a simple cup might have changed the outcome…
...and prevented a huge amount of pain as well.