Background: Although the most supportive sports bras can control breast motion and associated breast pain, they are
frequently deemed uncomfortable to wear and, as a result, many women report exercise bra discomfort. Given that
exercise bra discomfort is associated with decreased levels of physical activity, there is a pertinent need to develop
innovative solutions to address this problem.
Objectives: This research aimed to evaluate the use of electromaterial sensors and artificial muscle technology to
create a bra that was capable of detecting increases in breast motion and then responding with increased breast support
to enhance active living.
Methods: The research involved two phases: (i) evaluating sensors suitable for monitoring and providing feedback on
changes in the amplitude and frequency of breast motion, and (ii) evaluating an actuator capable of changing breast
support provided by a bra during activity.
Results: When assessed in isolation, the developed technologies were capable of sensing breast motion and actuating to
provide some additional breast support.
Conclusions: The challenge now lies in integrating both technologies into a functional sports bra prototype, and
assessing this prototype in a controlled biomechanical analysis to provide a breast support solution that will enable
women to enjoy active living in comfort.