The jockstrap has been the subject of many jokes and stories, but it is nevertheless and important piece of sporting equipment. It is designed to support the male male genitalia during sports or other vigorous physical activity. It is similar to a pair of underwear and can include a pouch where a impact resistant cup can be inserted to protect the testicles and penis from injury during physical contact sports. Jockstraps are designed to provide stability and support for the testicles. Have you very wondered who thought up this illustrious piece of gym equipment? If you have, read on to find out.
The Invention of the Jockstrap
Before streets were made of smooth bitumen many were cobbled with cobble stones giving them a bumpy, uneven surface. This made bicycling difficult and uncomfortable for men. A smart sporting goods employee named C. F. Bennett invented the jockstrap in 1874 to provide support and protection for bicycle jockeys. In 1897 Bennett’s newly opened Bike Web Company patented and began mass production of the Bike Jockey Strap. This company later became known as the Bike Company and is still the major producer of jockstraps today.
Sports and Jockstraps
Jockstraps are commonly used in contact sports such as football. They are also used in sports where hard balls and sticks or bats are used. The most common sports where jockstraps are used are hockey, baseball, softball and LaCrosse. Jockstraps without a cup insert are also used in sports such as soccer, marathons, athletics and weightlifting.