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Study: What Makes A Sports Bra Most Comfortable?

Many women will tell you that large breasts are an impediment to exercise, both in terms of discomfort and embarrassment. According to a study of 20 women with C+ breasts in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE), sports bras which provide breast encapsulation, compression, and elevation (whereas traditional sports bras only provide compression and encapsulation) are more comfortable during physical activity.

Breast motion tracking was done via “infrared light-emitting diodes (2-mm diameter)…placed directly on both nipples under each bra using double-sided surgical tape, as the nipples have been found to be the best indicator of vertical breast displacement.”

From the abstract:

Results: Exercise-induced breast discomfort (P < 0.01) and bra discomfort (P < 0.01) were significantly less for the experimental bra condition relative to the sports bra and placebo bra. This reduction in discomfort was achieved through greater breast elevation (P < 0.01) and compression, with no difference found in vertical breast displacement (P = 0.12) or vertical breast velocity (P = 0.06).

Conclusions: The design features of greater breast elevation and compression provided significantly increased breast and bra comfort compared with a standard encapsulation sports bra during physical activity for women with large breasts.

Full study in MSSE: Breast Elevation and Compression Decrease Exercise-Induced Breast Discomfort

Image credit: Mike Baird…

(via NYT)

*This blog post was originally published at Medgadget*


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One Response to “Study: What Makes A Sports Bra Most Comfortable?”

  1. mehranbiz says:

    In Asia Why Girls wear Brassier inside dress ?

    Due to lack of fitness
    Due to fashion or culture
    Due to complex
    Due to don’t know about the beauty of innocent natural curves

    Firm fitt and healthy breasts do not need the support of any artificial thing like bra to prominent them, In west people hate those females who artificially shows our breasts through bra’s and girls always stay without bra because they are confident on our figure and like to live in our innocent natural curves

    Majoority of Women have less difference between her waist and breasts size, Without bra its difficult for local women to show our curves naturally and she always use bra to look feminine, 99.9% women have this problem and in complex

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