The History of the Jockstrap

For almost 140 years, jockstraps have been used in athletics to give the wearer support without excess fabric.  Now, many men choose to wear jockstraps because they're fashionable. Here at Players, our Men's Athletic Supporter comes in sizes up to 6x, so you know that your jock will actually fit. Whether you're an athlete or you simply prefer the look, the Players jockstrap is an obvious choice for large men. 

The jockstrap was invented in 1874 by C. F. Bennett of a Chicago sporting goods company. Jockstraps enjoyed almost 100 years of near ubiquity as they were required for most sporting events. Jock checks were common: coaches and gym teachers would make students show that they were wearing a a jockstrap by asking them to stand in a line and drop their pants.

In the 1980s and 1990s, after the introduction of compression shorts, it no longer was required to wear jockstraps for many activities. Over the past ten years, however, the jock has reemerged in popularity among athletes for its support, and among fashion conscious men as a stylish alternative to briefs and boxers.

Be sure to visit our store for Players jockstraps featuring the classic wide waistband design. 

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