All athletes perform better when they have the right equipment. Cyclists do not ride with jeans and a t-shirt, baseball catchers use padding to protect themselves from fastballs, and basketball players wear clothing to help them move more freely. No matter the sport, most athletes prefer to wear compression shorts underneath their gear. Compression shorts are tight underwear that give support to the groin and upper legs. They help compress the muscles, keeping them warm and decreasing risk of pulling a muscle. Male athletes, especially baseball players, go one step further with protection and use compression shorts with cup.
Compression shorts are helpful in nearly all sports because they allow greater range of movement and keep you protected from turf burns, grass, and floor burns. Compression shorts with cup, in addition to giving support, protect the groin area from the dangers of sports. Compression shorts are made of a stretchy fabric that can fit most leg sizes within a certain range. They vary in length with the sport because some sports need longer shorts for protection from sliding or other activities, and some sports do not allow any piece of clothing to show below the jersey shorts, so smaller compression shorts are required.