Here's an interesting fact. The first jockstrap was invented over 125 years ago. Since then, many support garments have arrived in the market. Choosing a supportive garment that is right for you depends on the sport you're playing and how much protection you want.
The goal of an athletic supporter is to lift, support, and cradle a man's testes/scrotum against his body. A man's "jewels" hang in place with delicate cord and muscle tissues. Shock or strain on these cords and muscles can result in injury.
If you're playing high impact sports like football, hockey, soccer, rugby, baseball etc, supporters with hard cups are highly recommended. Basically, any sport where a speeding projectile is involved, you should wear a hard cup. Supporters should be worn (without cups) for any sport requiring running such as track and field, basketball, and rollerblading. Supporters mainly confine the genitals, keeping them out of harm's way. We've all seen grown men reduced to a semi-fetal position after a hit to the groin without any protection. The recovery from such a blow is very slow and agonizing. Remember this next time you think you can do without.
Remember, layering is key to support. Many athletes choose to wear more than one pair of underwear at the same time to provide the needed support. It really depends on how much protection and support you're looking for, and what you are comfortable wearing. A good supporter must function almost as an integral part of your body if it is going to be comfortable and effective. When choosing a supporter, keep in mind that the sizing does not relate to the cup size - only the waistband size. The waistband should fit the contours of your body for natural support. Generally, a waistband on a supporter will be wider than the average waistband on briefs, offering greater support.
At what age should you start wearing a supporter ? A boy involved in any sport that has the potential to cause injury to the genitals should be protected - regardless of age. Shop online for supporters at www.bodybasics.in