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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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