The Athletic Cup for Females
Jock straps aren’t just for the guys anymore. Female athletes are using women’s jock straps in a variety of sports that call for a little extra protection in one of the body’s most delicate areas.
In contact sports where athletes are vulnerable to painful hits in the groan, female athletes are arming themselves with women’s jock straps, commonly called “jill straps" or simply “jills." While hockey is the most common sport to employ the women’s jock strap, women in martial arts, kickboxing, rugby, and even paintball are suiting up with jills.
So what do womens’ jock straps look like? They’re pretty similar to the male version, but made specifically to fit and protect a woman’s anatomy.
Women’s jock straps come in three basic varieties: with compression shorts, with briefs, or as a plain pad with straps that can be fitted inside an athletic uniform.
Compression short and brief varieties are the most popular types of jill straps. Each of these types fits the female body snugly and includes a front pouch where a hard plastic cup or pad can be inserted for protection.
Most first-time jill strap-wearers complain that the device is uncomfortable. But any initial discomfort is far worth it considering that groin injuries from trauma can result in a fracture, impede bladder function, or at the very least leave a nasty bruise.