It seems that there are two different inventors of the jock strap, the first being Parvo Nakacheker of Finland: This gentleman, apparently an athlete from Finland, claims to have done much of the pioneer work in developing the original athletic supporter and "devoted much time to the study of pure anatomy and the special demands of such an item."

The second and seemingly most likely jockstrap origin being the BIKE Web Company; who in 1874 invented the athletic supporter, quickly becoming known as the" BIKE Jockey Strap." Due to the fact that it was designed originally to support and protect the genitals of the bicycle jockeys who rode the cobbled streets of Boston at that time, over the years it has come to be known more commonly as the jockstrap.

Interestingly, Bike's first jockstrap was the now famous Bike #10 Jockstrap but a few years later, another company called Flarico created their jockstrap and called it the F110 Jockstrap.

Laying claim to the first hard cup supporter is Canadian company Guelph Elastic Hosiery from Guelph, Ontario. Although founded by Joe Cartledge, it was one of his two sons, Jack who being a "jock" developed the hard cup supporter and filed a patent for it in 1927.

Unfortunately, both Bike and Flarico stopped producing jockstraps in 2016 and that's where our history begins (well, sort of). JC Athletic was founded in 2017. We've run an online jockstrap store since 2005 and when our supply of traditional classic jockstraps was drying up we decided to take matters into our own hands. Taking our 17 years of experience both wearing and selling jockstraps, we took on the challenge of creating what we consider to be the ultimate sports jockstraps.