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Wondering what you need in a protective cup? This page helps to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
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What type of cup do I need?
During traditional boxing you shouldn't get hit in the groin often. You do want to be protected in case you are. There are jock and cup protectors, which are used in almost every sport and boxing-specific no-foul protectors. Multi-sport groin protectors are worn beneath your pants or trunks and consist of a cup and jock strap or shorts to keep them in place. No-foul protectors are worn above your pants or trunks and a protect a larger area, sometimes including the whole hips. Your gym may require a no-foul protector for sparring.

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Jock style vs compression shorts
To hold your cup in place, you can get a traditional jock strap which consists of an elastic waist band and cloth pouch or a compression short that uses elasticity to keep the shorts and cup in place. Compression shorts are typically made of the tight wicking material that Under Armour made famous. You can wear compressions shorts as underwear before or after a session, sliding the cup in when you need the protection.
While jock straps are light and uninhibiting, compression shorts can help keep your legs and hips warm.

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Hard cup vs no-foul protector
One of the main differences in cup types is the padded no-foul protector vs the hard cup. The hard cup is generally what you think of when you are considering groin protection. They are made out of hard plastic, generally have perforated holes for increased ventilation, and often have a rubber coating along the edges. These cups conform to the groin-specific area, and are often encased by jock straps or compression shorts. The other variety is the padded no-foul protector, which covers a much bigger area. No-foul pads often wrap around the kidneys and lower abdominal, and sometimes have guard flaps down over the hips and upper thighs. These are not often worn under clothing.

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Are there female specific protectors?
Yes, there are a wide variety of protectors designed for women. For something simple and effective, women can choose a more slender version of the jock strap that is designed to curve with the female form. They can also utilize unisex no-foul hip protectors that guard the whole lower abdominal area.

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You might also need...
If you're buying a cup, you might also need a comfortable pair of boxing shorts. Boxing shorts are made out of extremely lightweight and airy material, and are water resistant. Depending on what kind of groin protector you choose, you will have to adjust the length and elasticity of your shorts. Also recommended is a mouthguard, as protecting yourself against face strikes is important as well.

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