Thousands of boys and young men are injured each year through various athletic/aerobic activities, both team sports and individual sports and workouts. Safety equipment has been developed and, depending on the equipment and sport, is sometimes required.No one would think of sending a player out on the football gridiron or the baseball diamond to bat without an appropriate helmet... (football helmet and batting helmet, respectively). Why? Because a head injury can cause permanent injury or even death!Why, then, do coaches, administrators and parents send their young boys and men out to play sports or participate in activities without protecting "the family jewels", the "gonads", "the boys".... their testicles?? Because it's uncomfortable to talk about... Parents/teachers/coaches are embarrassed to talk about guys protecting their balls! We can teach about sex in the schools, but don't want to embarrass a boy by talking about wearing a jockstrap or protective cup!
Do you see the absurdity of this?
Millions are spent each year on athletic clothing and the marketing of it. Such well known brands as Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Under Armour all market their gear to men worldwide. You'll see commercials for feminine products and male impotence drugs, but when was the last time you saw an advertisement for anAthletic Supporter? Athletic Underwear? For a Protective Cup?
There's not much that hurts a young man more than getting "nailed in the groin". A testicle injury is not only extremely painful, it can also be embarrassing and, more importantly, potentially harmful to his long-term health. Testicular torsion, erupted testicle and just plain pain are immediate possible consequences. Long term effects include loosing a testicle due to injury or the former player to be unable to have children (sterility). Many cases of sterility have been traced back to groin injuries as a child, youth or young adult, many while participating in organized sports.
Testicular Torsion, Testicular Trauma, Testicular Rupture
Testicular Torsion is most frequent among adolescents with about 65% of cases presenting between 12 – 18 years of age, (ref). Immediate intervention is required in order to save the testicle. If ignored or delayed, the testicle can/will die!
Testicular Trauma is any blunt force to the Testicles, and not only causes severe pain, but also embarrassment, can cause bruising or lead to other injuries.
Testicular Rupture is the actual erupting of a testicle. At that point, surgery must take place immediately.
Any of these can cause infertility, reduced sperm count and severe pain and embarrassment.