We’ve talked a lot on this site about the unique and terrible agony of groin kicks, and why exactly they can debilitate a man in no time flat. There’s a complex web of biological factors that make testicle pain more intense than just about anywhere else in the body.
This time, Hank Green at SciShow delves into the issue with a very well-researched look at the world of testicular trauma. This is an excellent primer as to why being hit in the balls makes you feel pain in numerous different areas. Green breaks down the binary nature of neurons – they are either “on” or “off” at any time, and because the groin has a large concentration of neurons, it amplifies the pain.
The positioning of the testicles is also a big problem – being so exposed without any bones to shield them, they’re very vulnerable. That’s because they need to be cooler than the rest of your body to cool off and make sperm effectively. We’re just set up to suffer, I guess.
As we always say, the more you know about your balls the better. Hopefully there are no groin kicks in your future, but if one comes to pass you’ll know what to do.Get your balls in the game! Donate to the Sean Kimerling Foundation to win the battle against testicular cancer.