With every contact sport and boxing disciplines are no exceptions, it is important to consider the safety of the intimate parts of one’s body. Groin protectors provide the necessary protection not only during professional matches but also when training with a sparring partner. Besides boxing disciplines, groin protectors are also used in other sports, especially hockey, floorball, baseball, Krav Maga training or running, for extra comfort. Groin protectors are traditionally made from cotton, real or synthetic leather, plastic, or metal. Together with head guards and boxing gloves, a groin protector should be a mandatory part of every fighter’s gear.
The right groin protector should reliably protect the body against low blows like knees and kicks below the belt. Groin cups are worn either over one’s underwear or, especially in the case of compression shorts and boxer shorts, instead of underwear. They are available for both men and women. Men’s and women’s groin protectors are adapted to the specific anatomy and can easily be distinguished by their shape.
Groin protector material and type
Everyone’s body is different and so everyone needs a different type of groin protector. Whether they are made of plastic or metal, synthetic leather or real leather, they all offer adequate protection for the intimate parts of the body. Here it is entirely down to personal preference and the amount of money you are willing to spend. The genitals are protected by compression shorts with a pocket for a groin protector; their principal advantage is that they are comfortable and easy to wear. A jockstrap, on the other hand, lets the wearer adjust the size and rightness to suit them. Complete protection is provided by groin protectors with a padded band across the abdomen, which, besides intimate parts, also protects the kidneys, liver and lower abdomen.
How to choose the right size
If you are choosing a new groin cup, pay close attention to the size chart, as sizes may differ depending on the manufacturer. Some state groin protector size according to the body weight and waist size of the wearer. Waist size should always be measured using a tape measure above the pelvic bone; do not measure your waist over your clothing. The elastic band or laces that hold the groin protector in place should not restrict the boxer’s movements and must not slide around the body. Some manufacturers give a chart showing the lengths of the rubber band the groin protector is attached to. Men’s groin protectors are usually available in S, M, L and XL sizes. Women’s are available in XXS and XS. When buying a groin protector for a child, you can choose from the smallest protector sizes for adults.
Looking after your groin protector
Proper care for your groin protector will not only extend its lifetime but will also avoid unpleasant odors. After removing the metal or plastic part textile groin protectors can be washed in a washing machine at low heat setting; the maximum recommended temperature is 40 °C. The plastic or metal part of the groin protectors can then easily be washed with soap and running water and then dried with a clean towel. Leather or synthetic leather groin protectors should be wiped with a cloth moistened in a mild soap solution.