“JOCKS – a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous exercise, also known as Jockstrap. Jock is a type of men’s undergarment designed for use in sports or other activities,such as during the recovery from a vasectomy, although some men just like to wear them. “
A typical jockstrap consists of a wide elastic waistband with a support pouch and two straps extending from the base of the pouch around the buttocks (which it does not cover, unlike briefs or boxers) to attach to the waistband. The pouch, in some varieties, may be fitted with a pocket to hold an impact resistant cup or box to protect the testicles and/or the penis from injury, from e.g. baseball practice.
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There are several variations of jockstraps:
Wide band with a cup – Jockstraps with pouches and cup inserts are generally worn by baseball, football, lacrosse and cricket players and others participating in full-contact team sports to protect their testicles and their penis from injury and/or injuries. These are a requirement in some sports such as baseball, especially for catchers.
Wide band without a cup – This is the most common “gym jockstrap” used for general support. It is common in football, soccer, track and field, cross country running, basketball and tennis, and often used in wrestling. It is often used in baseball by players other than those playing the position of catcher. It is good for lifting protection. It is thought to assist in the prevention of testicle torsion.
Narrow waistband – Narrow waistbands, or “swimming/running jocks” as they are commonly termed, are worn underneath swimming trunks and running shorts. They are sometimes worn under wrestling singlets. They provide protection and support while having only a 1″ waistband that will not show as easily outside of shorts. Since there is no material in the back, the waistband has no anchor causing it to roll and bind which makes it uncomfortable for long duration activities. If worn under Speedos, the leg straps will show.
Fashion jock – In addition to mainstream practical jocks, some manufacturers make specialty jockstraps for “fun and play”. They fit in the “sexy” or even “fetish” (e.g. referring to popular role-play characters, such as soldiers, firemen) underwear categories and can be made with see-through mesh, leather, velvet, silk, rubber, Rayon, Lycra or even chainmail. Some fashion jocks feature slim waist and leg straps and a small but well-contoured “micropouch” that will accommodate a flaccid penis. This type of jock is called a “microjock.” Other fashion jocks feature a roomy, generous pouch, known as a flopper, that will accommodate a large or erect penis. “Padded” jocks enhance the male anatomy. “Missile pouches” are designed for the more daring wearer of fashion jocks. Padded pouches, micropouches, floppers, and missile pouches can also be incorporated into “thong-style” underwear.
Hockey jock – A regular jockstrap with the addition of four adjustable elastic straps and garter clips that hold hockey socks worn over shin pads covering the entire leg up to the thigh in place. Another common jock in hockey is the goalie protector, a protector with genital and abdominal foam padding, but is very large and bulky. It includes, inner thigh guards with an upper puck bumper.
Windproof jock – Rather than a pocket to hold a hard, protective cup, windproof jockstraps have a special layer of fabric over the genitalia that protects them from wind and cold, similar to the protection offered by wind briefs. Nordic skiers and winter hikers are the primary users of this variety of jock, as the heat created by their physical activity, along with the freedom of motion they require, may make wearing heavy layers to protect against wind and cold infeasible.
The following are not jockstraps or athletic supporters, but they are listed as related items
A jock brief, or support briefs, have a full seat instead in the back and a pouch in the front. They resemble normal briefs but have a wider, stronger waistband and are made of a more supportive material. They are gaining popularity with youth as they are less revealing than their counterparts however they typically do not provide the level of support, protection, or flexibility. They are available with or without removable cups.
A thong style jockstrap, similar to the athletic type, has only one strap attached to the bottom of the pouch, passing under the crotch, up between the buttocks and attaching to the waistband at the middle of the back. This style is often called dance belt, since it is commonly worn by male ballet dancers who often wear tight fitting Lycra that would reveal a normal jockstrap’s strap, but also for other activities.
Compression short jock
Losing in fashion to regular compression shorts, they are compression shorts with a full or partial jockstrap sewn into the inside. They provide pockets for a cup and, in the case of the football variety, provide pockets for thigh and backbone pads.
The strapless variation to the jock, called a sock for “strapless + jock”, has an elastic pouch that hooks behind the scrotum instead of being held in place by the normal leg straps. While fulfilling the same purpose of comfort and lift, this design is less secure and has a tendency to ‘slip off’ as a result of frequent intense leg movements such as running or jogging. Some strapless jocks feature a pouch with an internal fabric/elastic cock ring, or “c-ring,” that either slides along the penis and encircles the base of the testicles or, alternately, simply snaps around the base of the testicles to snugly attach the pouch to the genitals. While this type of pouch permits the wearer to “go backless,” c-ring pouches can be attached to either a thong or traditional jockstrap. C-rings enhance the size of the genitals.
Suspensories are similar to the jockstrap with one main exception; above the pouch that holds the testicles is a hole to put the penis through so that it hangs free from the constriction of the pouch. This is used for medical reasons such as surgery to the groin or for catheter access. Suspensories are also now worn by some as a fashion statement, with thong and traditional jockstrap styles. In such cases, the hole will accommodate a large or erect penis.Suspensories are similar to the jockstrap with one main exception; above the pouch that holds the testicles is a hole to put the penis through so that it hangs free from the constriction of the pouch. This is used for medical reasons such as surgery to the groin or for catheter access. Suspensories are also now worn by some as a fashion statement, with thong and traditional jockstrap styles. In such cases, the hole will accommodate a large or erect penis.