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Breast elevation and compression decrease exercise-induced breast discomfort

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a sports bra designed to both elevate and compress the breasts could decrease exercise-induced breast discomfort and bra fit discomfort experienced by women with large breasts relative to a standard encapsulation sports bra.

    Methods: Breast kinematic data, bra fit comfort, exercise-induced breast discomfort, and bra rankings in terms of preference to wear during running were compared in 20 women with large breasts who ran on a treadmill under three bra conditions: an experimental bra that incorporated both breast compression and elevation, an encapsulation sports bra, and a placebo bra. Subjective data were collected immediately before and after the treadmill running trials.

    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.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • McGhee, D. & Steele, J. R. (2010). Breast elevation and compression decrease exercise-induced breast discomfort. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 (7), 1333-1338.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77954039268

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3429

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1333

End Page


  • 1338

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 7

Abstract


  • Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a sports bra designed to both elevate and compress the breasts could decrease exercise-induced breast discomfort and bra fit discomfort experienced by women with large breasts relative to a standard encapsulation sports bra.

    Methods: Breast kinematic data, bra fit comfort, exercise-induced breast discomfort, and bra rankings in terms of preference to wear during running were compared in 20 women with large breasts who ran on a treadmill under three bra conditions: an experimental bra that incorporated both breast compression and elevation, an encapsulation sports bra, and a placebo bra. Subjective data were collected immediately before and after the treadmill running trials.

    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.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • McGhee, D. & Steele, J. R. (2010). Breast elevation and compression decrease exercise-induced breast discomfort. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 (7), 1333-1338.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77954039268

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3429

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1333

End Page


  • 1338

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 7