Expert Tips for Sports Safety: Using Protective Cups

Expert Tips for Sports Safety: Using Protective Cups
Published on, 25 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Sudeep Satpathy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I have a question regarding my son's safety during sports activities. At what age should he start wearing a protective cup?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


It's important to prioritize safety in sports, especially when it comes to preventing injuries. When considering the use of a protective cup for your son, it's crucial to assess the risk of injury associated with the sports he participates in.


Generally, it is advisable for young athletes to start wearing a protective cup when there is a potential risk of injury to the groin area. This can vary depending on the specific sport and the level of physical contact involved. However, as a general guideline, I recommend introducing the use of a protective cup around the age of 13 or when your son begins to engage in sports that involve physical contact or a high risk of impact to the groin area.


Additionally, it's essential to consider your son's comfort and mobility while wearing the protective gear. Proper fit and support are key factors in ensuring that the protective cup provides adequate protection without hindering his performance on the field or court.


Ultimately, the decision to start wearing a protective cup should prioritize your son's safety and well-being during sports activities.




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