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Buddy43610

Buddy43610@aol.com
Same BIKE jockstrap, different style numbers. Sometimes they would use a different label or a previously used waist band with a different pouch making it a different style number, but sometimes the jockstraps (to me) seem to be the same jockstraps, but in different packaging (pictures 1-5).
 

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Bike57

Jockstrap Fan
Until the newer jocks evolved (90's versions) you used to be able to tell if it was a #11 was by the nylon thread content in in the pouches which you can see in the pictures. Apparently it held up to machine washing for colleges and sports teams better than the mostly cotton #10 we all grew up with. Maybe CoachBob can give us some history on this since he sold BIKE straps for many years. Very nice collection by the way. It's too bad the new BIKE jocks released this year didn't go back to the original pouch material. Maybe those rubber strands covered in thread must be expensive to make.
 

packedstrap

Jockstrap Fan
Until the newer jocks evolved (90's versions) you used to be able to tell if it was a #11 was by the nylon thread content in in the pouches which you can see in the pictures. Apparently it held up to machine washing for colleges and sports teams better than the mostly cotton #10 we all grew up with. Maybe CoachBob can give us some history on this since he sold BIKE straps for many years. Very nice collection by the way. It's too bad the new BIKE jocks released this year didn't go back to the original pouch material. Maybe those rubber strands covered in thread must be expensive to make.
You are correct that the #7111 was more polyester and the waistband of the new Bike #10 reminds me of the 7111's waist band. The current Bike waist band resembles the #7117 jockstrap waistband or cup supporter waistband of the later 70's/early 80's. The University jock and the cup supporter both shared the same plush backing. Around Mid 80's the cup waistband was changed when Bike began their use of the the banana cup. The waistband was still while but instead had the blue/red/gray stitching stripes. The same plush back waist band was also used on the 7117 jock. The 7111 had the same stitching pattern/colors as the cup/university jock but was the a lighter weight waist band which was more polyester. When jockstraps were issued as part of the team uniform we always received the #7117 University jockstrap. Once and a while I found one in a store but mostly I only know of them being being sold in boxes of 12. There were times we also received the #7110 but that was not very often.
 

packedstrap

Jockstrap Fan
Same BIKE jockstrap, different style numbers. Sometimes they would use a different label or a previously used waist band with a different pouch making it a different style number, but sometimes the jockstraps (to me) seem to be the same jockstraps, but in different packaging (pictures 1-5).
I have at least one of every jockstrap pictured in my drawer.
Same BIKE jockstrap, different style numbers. Sometimes they would use a different label or a previously used waist band with a different pouch making it a different style number, but sometimes the jockstraps (to me) seem to be the same jockstraps, but in different packaging (pictures 1-5).
BTY Buddy what you have as a BIKE #11 is a #10
 

CoachBob

Jockstrap Fan
Guys, thanks for some great observations regarding the BIKE jocks. Up until the early 70's, the #10 BIKE jock was consistent with its rubber/cotton contents. Starting in the mid-70's, you would never know what an order might bring. The #11 jock had a more substantial waistband with nylon and polyester providing more strength than the original #10. They transitioned fro, the #59 track/swim jock to an all nylon jock which was miserable to wear. The 80's vintage #7110 had a lot of cotten but lacked the rubber threads of the originals. When Kendall sold the BIKE brand to Colgate the jocks would come on shore from places such as Macau, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China and who knows where else, and the quality continued downhill. The BIKE #10 in a way was a merchandise line and not a specific product. BIKE made a #10 for military which complied with about 3 pages of specifications. There is a photo in ALLKINKS archive showing a USMC BIKE #10. I don't know for sure, but my guess is that the mil-spec required a more substantial waistband, and for obvious reasons a longer pouch than BIKE put on their small retail #10 jocks intended for junior high school boys. I think BIKE57 was on-point with the synthetics added to the jocks to allow school washing. Understand that in the era when the BIKE jocks were standard equipment for school PE classes, most homes did not have clothes dryers and jockstraps were pretty much standard decor on weekend clotheslines
 

packedstrap

Jockstrap Fan
Guys, thanks for some great observations regarding the BIKE jocks. Up until the early 70's, the #10 BIKE jock was consistent with its rubber/cotton contents. Starting in the mid-70's, you would never know what an order might bring. The #11 jock had a more substantial waistband with nylon and polyester providing more strength than the original #10. They transitioned fro, the #59 track/swim jock to an all nylon jock which was miserable to wear. The 80's vintage #7110 had a lot of cotten but lacked the rubber threads of the originals. When Kendall sold the BIKE brand to Colgate the jocks would come on shore from places such as Macau, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China and who knows where else, and the quality continued downhill. The BIKE #10 in a way was a merchandise line and not a specific product. BIKE made a #10 for military which complied with about 3 pages of specifications. There is a photo in ALLKINKS archive showing a USMC BIKE #10. I don't know for sure, but my guess is that the mil-spec required a more substantial waistband, and for obvious reasons a longer pouch than BIKE put on their small retail #10 jocks intended for junior high school boys. I think BIKE57 was on-point with the synthetics added to the jocks to allow school washing. Understand that in the era when the BIKE jocks were standard equipment for school PE classes, most homes did not have clothes dryers and jockstraps were pretty much standard decor on weekend clotheslines
I just know what I know from buying and being issued jockstraps though the mid to late 80's and into the early 2000's
 

Buddy43610

Buddy43610@aol.com
I have at least one of every jockstrap pictured in my drawer.

BTY Buddy what you have as a BIKE #11 is a #10
The jockstrap you say is a #10, and I have listed as a #11, is exactly the point I was making. The one you say is a #10 was what was in the box to its left that says it's a #11. That jock was also sold as a #10, #11, and a #7110.
 

Buddy43610

Buddy43610@aol.com
You are correct that the #7111 was more polyester and the waistband of the new Bike #10 reminds me of the 7111's waist band. The current Bike waist band resembles the #7117 jockstrap waistband or cup supporter waistband of the later 70's/early 80's. The University jock and the cup supporter both shared the same plush backing. Around Mid 80's the cup waistband was changed when Bike began their use of the the banana cup. The waistband was still while but instead had the blue/red/gray stitching stripes. The same plush back waist band was also used on the 7117 jock. The 7111 had the same stitching pattern/colors as the cup/university jock but was the a lighter weight waist band which was more polyester. When jockstraps were issued as part of the team uniform we always received the #7117 University jockstrap. Once and a while I found one in a store but mostly I only know of them being being sold in boxes of 12. There were times we also received the #7110 but that was not very often.
In all my thousands of pictures of BIKE jockstraps, I don't have a record of a #7117. Is that the same jock with the multi-colored waistband I know as a #11 or a University or a #BAS306? Those three have the same multi-colored waist band, but the BAS306 has a different pouch.
 

packedstrap

Jockstrap Fan
In all my thousands of pictures of BIKE jockstraps, I don't have a record of a #7117. Is that the same jock with the multi-colored waistband I know as a #11 or a University or a #BAS306? Those three have the same multi-colored waist band, but the BAS306 has a different pouch.
Based on your pictures you have a few #7117. Yours have the red, yellow and blue tracer lines. What was a #7117 it was the university jock which had the cup waistband, more plush, with a regular jockstrap pouch. The ones you have were made mostly in alignment with the #10 which was tan with red waistband stripes. Most of the ones I have came along when Bike changed the cup jockstrap and brought in the banana cup. My #7117s have the blue, grey and red stipes. The older ones have the BIKE log in the black boarder. These were mostly around when Bike made the changes to the #7110 and went to the tan with the blue and grey stripes which started out as cotton. Then they made adjustments away from cotton. The last ones made had the white tag shared with the #10 when the 10 was change to white with blue and red stripes. The pouch also was the same at the #10 which was that monster polyester one. When Bike went back to more cotton they killed the #7117 and also the very rare #7111. The #7111 looked more like the #7117 in the waistband but did not have the blush backing of the cup jockstraps. The #7117 construction was much like the "PRO DUKE" which has also been discontinued.
 

Strapncap

Jockstrap Fan
Back in the late 80's and well into the 90's I used to love going to the local sporting goods store and buying my 7 new jockstraps for the fall season of playing sports. The again in spring since I needed new ones. Kind of like buying your books. They were always BIKE since that is what we had in the area. I would toss them on the counter, start opening the boxes and later on clam shells to check the sizes. It was always a male at the counter and he would join in on the verification of sizing. Sure there were T-Shirts, short and sweats as well but I love it that it was no big deal I was buying 7 jockstraps. After HS and Collage I would still go strap shopping since mine got abused. SportsMart which became Sports Authority had a huge wall of BIKE jockstraps, cups and everything they made related to jock support/protection. Recently I went into a sporting goods store and all they had were cups or cup supporters. I just ask do any stores in your area still sell a traditional jockstrap?
Unfortunately no, rarely see jockstrap in stores, used to get at Wal-Mart or K mart
 

NavyJock

Jockstrap Fan
Bike sold school packs which was a box of 12 jockstraps. I bought two of them off of ebay. The first one came in the original box with my name and address on it. We had smaller mail boxes at the time with a bulk bin for larger items and the box said BIKE one dozen athletic supporters large #7110. I am sure they were marked that way since schools/sporting good stores bought several boxes that way and could stock them by size. I was not upset that everyone who checked mail that day knew I bought 12 large Bike jockstraps. More pissed he wrote on the original box. I kept them in the original packaging for years until they started to yellow. I took them all out an washed them. The other one I bought was a more vintage bike package of 12 which were the University #7117 (a cup waist band with a regular jockstrap pouch) and that guy sent it to me in an outer box. Yes I opened it and have 6 of them in my draw. But I still like looking at the box with the small take indicating style and size. Funniest time was I ordered more than $100 Dollars worth of jockstraps form a site. I had a note from USPS tapped to my door that I needed to sign for them. The next day, Saturday I watched for the post man. I signed for them as he held onto my box of jockstrap. Now the ultimately funny story not just strap related is when I ordered new lug nuts for my car since the service station putting my on tires destroyed the suckers. UPS man, who was hot, show up and I greeted him at my door. I looked at him and said Oh I see you have my nuts in your hands. He had a look of terror on his face while turning red. I just laughed and said.....LUG NUTS.....He busted out laughing. But he could have held my nuts and I would have held his.
Hey packed, I forgot to mention this before, you can soak your stuff in a weak solution of a sulfite, in warm water, once in a while. (rinse em out good and let air dry good after) it will especially maintain condition of the rubber
 

pope369

Jockstrap Fan
When I was in Junior High School I bought my Bike jockstraps at the local pharmacy. I was already aware that jockstraps were fetish material for me. (I’d go to buy a new jock and have an election at the checkout counter). Shortly there after I discovered a mail order catalog called International Male (remember?), and I bought my first sock-type fashion jock (pouch with no leg straps). That was in the late 70s. I wore it to High School under my regular clothes. It made me so horny.
 

packedstrap

Jockstrap Fan
When I was in Junior High School I bought my Bike jockstraps at the local pharmacy. I was already aware that jockstraps were fetish material for me. (I’d go to buy a new jock and have an election at the checkout counter). Shortly there after I discovered a mail order catalog called International Male (remember?), and I bought my first sock-type fashion jock (pouch with no leg straps). That was in the late 70s. I wore it to High School under my regular clothes. It made me so horny.
Being a kid of the 80's jockstraps were sold everywhere. Sporting goods stores, department stores, drug stores, and even some hardware stores. Went into one of the off the mall store to buy two jockstraps. I wanted med since that fit my waist according to size. They only had one but the sales dude offered to have one sent over from another store if wanted to come back. I just said no I am good but he was really ready to have one sent over. I do remember International Male and it really freaked me out when I got home from collage one day to find the catalog on my bed. I can still picture it. I looked at it and it was addressed to my dad. All I thought was WHAT THE F..... Some of the items looked cool but I really remember seeing the underwear section where they had "THE SOCK" a jockstrap without leg straps. I do have some and they support well but I do not think they are made for a workout. I have had jockstrap failure with regular jockstraps and I could see that thing rolling up like a window shade.
 

steve

Jockstrap Fan
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Being a kid of the 80's jockstraps were sold everywhere. Sporting goods stores, department stores, drug stores, and even some hardware stores. Went into one of the off the mall store to buy two jockstraps. I wanted med since that fit my waist according to size. They only had one but the sales dude offered to have one sent over from another store if wanted to come back. I just said no I am good but he was really ready to have one sent over. I do remember International Male and it really freaked me out when I got home from collage one day to find the catalog on my bed. I can still picture it. I looked at it and it was addressed to my dad. All I thought was WHAT THE F..... Some of the items looked cool but I really remember seeing the underwear section where they had "THE SOCK" a jockstrap without leg straps. I do have some and they support well but I do not think they are made for a workout. I have had jockstrap failure with regular jockstraps and I could see that thing rolling up like a window shade.
I had one of those "SOCKS'' also!
 

Racemic

Jockstrap Fan
In the recent past I was visiting a locally owned sports store where I checked out the jockstraps. It was quite stimulating to examine the store selection of 30+ different jockstraps, cup supporters and protective cups. There was quite a variety of strap styles, supporter shorts and high end goalie cups.
 

Baseball Jock

Jockstrap Fan
Back in the late 80's and well into the 90's I used to love going to the local sporting goods store and buying my 7 new jockstraps for the fall season of playing sports. The again in spring since I needed new ones. Kind of like buying your books. They were always BIKE since that is what we had in the area. I would toss them on the counter, start opening the boxes and later on clam shells to check the sizes. It was always a male at the counter and he would join in on the verification of sizing. Sure there were T-Shirts, short and sweats as well but I love it that it was no big deal I was buying 7 jockstraps. After HS and Collage I would still go strap shopping since mine got abused. SportsMart which became Sports Authority had a huge wall of BIKE jockstraps, cups and everything they made related to jock support/protection. Recently I went into a sporting goods store and all they had were cups or cup supporters. I just ask do any stores in your area still sell a traditional jockstrap?
Just yesterday I went to a very large well known sporting goods store at our mall to get a new black jockstrap. Would you believe after searching two levels of this store devoted solely to sporting goods I saw not one jockstrap?! They did have maybe a dozen or so different cups/supporters in the section with the football gear and some of those were pretty cool, but I was looking for just a traditional jockstrap. A guy working there asked if he could help me find anything and I said yeah, I'm looking for just a jockstrap, would like a black one and don't need a cup. Believe it or not he said they didn't have any! He did mention that someone else had recently asked for a plain jockstrap. Maybe if we all started asking they would carry them again.
 

jocksnsocks2002

Jocksnsocks2002
I am a new member to the site, and I am grateful for the privilege.
I was a varsity athlete in high school and in college, served in the military, and coached both high school and collegiate men's contact sports for many years. I have been strapped in a jock for my entire life, and would like to share some thoughts with you about the significant change in attitude and therefore purchase/availability of jockstraps across the general public.
My appreciation is genuine to the online purveyors of top quality athletic supporters.

I think that many people have forgotten about the critical fact that athletic supporters are part of Preventative Sports Medicine. Many of us have recollections of our first jockstrap coinciding with our individual transformation during puberty (sixth and seventh grades). It is during that very important time in a young man's life that his testicles are evolving, and the athletic supporter is designed specifically to assist in the safe development of the genitalia as much as it is to prevent injury (and even lifelong damage).

As the testes are descending, the cords must be prevented from entanglement. The medical design of the athletic supporter's pouch focuses upon protecting the two testicles from crisscrossing their respective cords. How? When worn properly, the supporter secures the two testicles safely in the bottom of the pouch, and significantly minimizes the risk that the internal cords will become twisted. If the cords are twisted, then the vital flow of oxygen/blood is impeded. In common parlance, the catastrophe is called "blue balls", and left untreated can eventually diminish the ability to produce healthy sperm.

Exercise including running, weight lifting, contact sports, and in fact many other strenuous activities such as outdoor work (especially when shoveling or moving plants or walking for quite some time behind a vibrating lawn mower) can likewise place the testicles at risk. Regular underwear and the modern spandex shorts/tights are not designed as a form of preventative sports medicine support, and certainly the practice of not wearing anything underneath when exercising is dangerous for many reasons.

The much applauded earlier generation of Bike supporters likewise included a particular mesh in the pouch. This is also an important design feature to regulate heat. As the athlete is perspiring, the temperature surrounding the genitalia rises. An increase in heat can result in spermicide, and so the supporter pouch is designed to regulate the heat-flow and minimize the risk of spermicide.

Why am I writing all of this trivia? The lament because of the disappearance of athletic supporters in most public venues such as sporting goods stores must include a serious discussion about preventative sports medicine. In the 1960s, it was none other than the President's Council on Sports and Health which regularly issued advice that all young men should wear an athletic supporter. Millions of jockstraps were sold through many stores as the youth of America adhered to the sage advice from the federal government regarding personal hygiene and preventative measures to minimize injuries.

I therefore ask the readership, and particularly those of you who are trained in medicine as well as though of you who have a professional background in sales/marketing, to re-introduce the youth of the America to the sports medicine benefits of wearing an athletic supporter. If we are able, in concert, to create a public relations campaign to bring awareness to parents and to athletes about the critical use and the masculine benefits of wearing a properly constructed jockstrap, then just as we recall from the 1960s, we might do so much more good for the newest generation of athletes by minimizing the risk of genital injury and even complications such as low sperm count and erectile dysfunction.

Yes, the jockstrap has an erotic side to it, and yes, many of us look back to our younger days with great fondness for that simple garment which represented a true rite of passage. Therefore, we have an even greater responsibility to teach, to instruct, to train, to educate the next generation in the same way that we ourselves were trained (inspections included for many of us) in order to return the jockstrap to its proper and paramount position in athleticism.

Thank you.
 

Oldschoolbiketen

Jockstrap Fan
I am a new member to the site, and I am grateful for the privilege.
I was a varsity athlete in high school and in college, served in the military, and coached both high school and collegiate men's contact sports for many years. I have been strapped in a jock for my entire life, and would like to share some thoughts with you about the significant change in attitude and therefore purchase/availability of jockstraps across the general public.
My appreciation is genuine to the online purveyors of top quality athletic supporters.

I think that many people have forgotten about the critical fact that athletic supporters are part of Preventative Sports Medicine. Many of us have recollections of our first jockstrap coinciding with our individual transformation during puberty (sixth and seventh grades). It is during that very important time in a young man's life that his testicles are evolving, and the athletic supporter is designed specifically to assist in the safe development of the genitalia as much as it is to prevent injury (and even lifelong damage).

As the testes are descending, the cords must be prevented from entanglement. The medical design of the athletic supporter's pouch focuses upon protecting the two testicles from crisscrossing their respective cords. How? When worn properly, the supporter secures the two testicles safely in the bottom of the pouch, and significantly minimizes the risk that the internal cords will become twisted. If the cords are twisted, then the vital flow of oxygen/blood is impeded. In common parlance, the catastrophe is called "blue balls", and left untreated can eventually diminish the ability to produce healthy sperm.

Exercise including running, weight lifting, contact sports, and in fact many other strenuous activities such as outdoor work (especially when shoveling or moving plants or walking for quite some time behind a vibrating lawn mower) can likewise place the testicles at risk. Regular underwear and the modern spandex shorts/tights are not designed as a form of preventative sports medicine support, and certainly the practice of not wearing anything underneath when exercising is dangerous for many reasons.

The much applauded earlier generation of Bike supporters likewise included a particular mesh in the pouch. This is also an important design feature to regulate heat. As the athlete is perspiring, the temperature surrounding the genitalia rises. An increase in heat can result in spermicide, and so the supporter pouch is designed to regulate the heat-flow and minimize the risk of spermicide.

Why am I writing all of this trivia? The lament because of the disappearance of athletic supporters in most public venues such as sporting goods stores must include a serious discussion about preventative sports medicine. In the 1960s, it was none other than the President's Council on Sports and Health which regularly issued advice that all young men should wear an athletic supporter. Millions of jockstraps were sold through many stores as the youth of America adhered to the sage advice from the federal government regarding personal hygiene and preventative measures to minimize injuries.

I therefore ask the readership, and particularly those of you who are trained in medicine as well as though of you who have a professional background in sales/marketing, to re-introduce the youth of the America to the sports medicine benefits of wearing an athletic supporter. If we are able, in concert, to create a public relations campaign to bring awareness to parents and to athletes about the critical use and the masculine benefits of wearing a properly constructed jockstrap, then just as we recall from the 1960s, we might do so much more good for the newest generation of athletes by minimizing the risk of genital injury and even complications such as low sperm count and erectile dysfunction.

Yes, the jockstrap has an erotic side to it, and yes, many of us look back to our younger days with great fondness for that simple garment which represented a true rite of passage. Therefore, we have an even greater responsibility to teach, to instruct, to train, to educate the next generation in the same way that we ourselves were trained (inspections included for many of us) in order to return the jockstrap to its proper and paramount position in athleticism.

Thank you.
Mike drop!
 

CoachBob

Jockstrap Fan
I am a new member to the site, and I am grateful for the privilege.
I was a varsity athlete in high school and in college, served in the military, and coached both high school and collegiate men's contact sports for many years. I have been strapped in a jock for my entire life, and would like to share some thoughts with you about the significant change in attitude and therefore purchase/availability of jockstraps across the general public.
My appreciation is genuine to the online purveyors of top quality athletic supporters.

I think that many people have forgotten about the critical fact that athletic supporters are part of Preventative Sports Medicine. Many of us have recollections of our first jockstrap coinciding with our individual transformation during puberty (sixth and seventh grades). It is during that very important time in a young man's life that his testicles are evolving, and the athletic supporter is designed specifically to assist in the safe development of the genitalia as much as it is to prevent injury (and even lifelong damage).

As the testes are descending, the cords must be prevented from entanglement. The medical design of the athletic supporter's pouch focuses upon protecting the two testicles from crisscrossing their respective cords. How? When worn properly, the supporter secures the two testicles safely in the bottom of the pouch, and significantly minimizes the risk that the internal cords will become twisted. If the cords are twisted, then the vital flow of oxygen/blood is impeded. In common parlance, the catastrophe is called "blue balls", and left untreated can eventually diminish the ability to produce healthy sperm.

Exercise including running, weight lifting, contact sports, and in fact many other strenuous activities such as outdoor work (especially when shoveling or moving plants or walking for quite some time behind a vibrating lawn mower) can likewise place the testicles at risk. Regular underwear and the modern spandex shorts/tights are not designed as a form of preventative sports medicine support, and certainly the practice of not wearing anything underneath when exercising is dangerous for many reasons.

The much applauded earlier generation of Bike supporters likewise included a particular mesh in the pouch. This is also an important design feature to regulate heat. As the athlete is perspiring, the temperature surrounding the genitalia rises. An increase in heat can result in spermicide, and so the supporter pouch is designed to regulate the heat-flow and minimize the risk of spermicide.

Why am I writing all of this trivia? The lament because of the disappearance of athletic supporters in most public venues such as sporting goods stores must include a serious discussion about preventative sports medicine. In the 1960s, it was none other than the President's Council on Sports and Health which regularly issued advice that all young men should wear an athletic supporter. Millions of jockstraps were sold through many stores as the youth of America adhered to the sage advice from the federal government regarding personal hygiene and preventative measures to minimize injuries.

I therefore ask the readership, and particularly those of you who are trained in medicine as well as though of you who have a professional background in sales/marketing, to re-introduce the youth of the America to the sports medicine benefits of wearing an athletic supporter. If we are able, in concert, to create a public relations campaign to bring awareness to parents and to athletes about the critical use and the masculine benefits of wearing a properly constructed jockstrap, then just as we recall from the 1960s, we might do so much more good for the newest generation of athletes by minimizing the risk of genital injury and even complications such as low sperm count and erectile dysfunction.

Yes, the jockstrap has an erotic side to it, and yes, many of us look back to our younger days with great fondness for that simple garment which represented a true rite of passage. Therefore, we have an even greater responsibility to teach, to instruct, to train, to educate the next generation in the same way that we ourselves were trained (inspections included for many of us) in order to return the jockstrap to its proper and paramount position in athleticism.

Thank you.
Jocksnsocks, your essay regarding the injury preventative benefits of wearing a jock sounds like a parroted recital of some of the promotional sales information of the supporter manufacturers from the 50's and 60's. While I don't disagree that testicle torsion and fatigue are greatly reduced with athletic support, valid question could be offered as to whether this is an aging, rather than youth issue. In my present geriatric physique, although I don't claim that I am endowed with "knee knockers" my testicles do in fact hang noticeably lower than in my younger years, particularly in my junior high and high school age. Having taught PE and coached for a few years, from locker room observations alone I feel emboldened to opine that the 50's and 60's insistence that jockstraps be worn, might have been a bit overblown. If you peruse my postings at https://twitter.com/Coachbo66389694 you will find school PE requirements demanding supports be worn by boys as young as 3rd and 4th grade ( 8 and 9 years old) . Well, I'll simple opine that pre-puberal boys, with minimal testicle drop probably ad little need for the mandatory PE class jockstraps.

That said, what per cent of current youth are really exposed to exercise, running, weight lifting, contact sports and strenuous activities? When I studied my PE degree undergraduate courses, the emphasis was to emulate Stan LeProtti's Sierra High School physical fitness program which involved all students doing 15 minutes of vigorous calisthenics, followed by a mile or mile 1/2 run each PE class. Were supporters appropriate in such programs? Sure, but I challenge you to look at the current school PE programs (assuming the school district still has a PE program) and compare. Following implementation of Title IX, the coed PE classes are mostly nothing more than social get togethers. They don;t have showers, as no student breaks a sweat, and asking the class to walk a lap around the track is almost considered abusive.

I don't offer this response in effort to demean your advice. To the contrary I enjoy enlightened debate on jockstraps and physical fitness. I am currently assembling some photos and information regarding the evolution of jockstraps in the military and hope to share them on my twitter and tumblr blogs in the near future. I haven't figured out exactly how to caption to photos at this site, but perhaps Jon can offer suggestions.

Stay strapped, or whatever. Bob.
 
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