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A jock is a North American term for a stereotypical male
athlete. However, that is not the only meaning of the word. It is also
short for the word jockstrap which is an undergarment worn primarily by athletes.
A jockstrap (also known as a jock, jock strap, strap, supporter,
or athletic supporter) is an undergarment for supporting the male genitalia during
cycling, sports or other vigorous physical activity and now commonly worn as everyday
underwear. A jockstrap consists of a waistband (usually elastic) with a support
pouch for the genitalia and two elastic straps affixed to the base of the pouch
and to the left and right sides of the waistband at the hip.
Jockstraps are fairly consistent in design with variations
appearing in details like width of waistband and fabrics. Some jockstraps are designed
for specific sports: Swim jocks, for example, have a narrow waistband, and hockey
jocks sometimes have adjustable elastic straps and garter clips that hold hockey
socks in place while the bulky goalie protector has genital and abdominal foam padding.
Windproof jockstraps have a special layer of fabric to protect the wearer from wind
and cold in winter sports.
More recently, 'fashion jockstraps' have become increasingly
popular as regular underwear worn by men as an alternative to other styles. Fashion
jockstraps follow the design of the sports models but are worn as everyday underwear.
Fashion jockstraps appear in a variety of colors and fabrics.
Some athletic supports have a protective cup. Optional
cups offer additional protection for contact sports and are made of hard plastic
or steel, perforated for ventilation. A more flexible and comfortable soft
cup is also offered for low contact sports. A flex cup variation features a hard
exterior melded with a soft lining.
History of the Jockstrap
The jockstrap was invented in 1874 by C. F. Bennett of a
Chicago sporting goods company, Sharp & Smith, to provide comfort and support
for bicycle jockeys working the cobblestone streets of Boston. In 1897 Bennett's
newly formed Bike Web Company patented and began mass-producing the Bike Jockey
Strap. The Bike Web Company later became known as the Bike Company. Bike was, until
2016, a leading produced of jockstraps. In that year, the company and its trademarks
were purchased by Russell Athletic.
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