What’s Crazier, March Madness or the Fact that Basketball Player Don’t Wear Athletic Cups?

March Madness has started and the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. Which means it’s time to ask the question: why don’t basketball players wear athletic cups?


The answer, according to Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, is comfort.  Strup, quoted in this ESPN article says it comes down to comfort.


“Granted, such injuries could likely be prevented by wearing a cup, but NBA players don't wear them. Even Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, doesn't recommend them. In over 20 years of practice, Strup has treated a few basketball-related injuries in the hoop-crazy state. But as a former small forward for Division III's DePauw University basketball team, Dr. Strup knows firsthand how immobilizing and uncomfortable a protective cup can be on the court.

"There isn't enough of an issue to wear a cup," Dr. Strup says. "It's hard to generate enough pressure for major injuries to occur in basketball. You see the guys go out, they're uncomfortable and they can't function a little bit, but usually they're back in a few minutes." 

As usual, we disagree with the no-cup ‘cause “it’s not that big of a deal.”  Almost every season a basketball player is out for more than a few minutes—like Manu Ginobili, who took a knee to the groin and needed surgery. It took a month of recovery before he was back in the game.


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