Objectives: This study aimed to identify features of commercially available sports bras that deter women from wearing them while participating
in physical activity.
Design: Study results were obtained from a self-administered mail survey, which was posted to participants after gaining their verbal consent
via random telephone recruitment.
Methods: Four hundred and thirteen women aged 20-35 years were recruited from New South Wales, Australia, with 267 (65%) surveys
Results: It was found that the shoulder straps slipping or cutting into the shoulder were the two most disliked features of current sports bras,
with 23% of respondents also indicating that the shoulder straps were the first bra feature to fail. Respondents also indicated that the perceived
tightness of the sports bra around the chest was a deterrent for their use.
Conclusions: Although previous research has found that a correctly fitted sports bra does not impede athletic performance, further research
is required to investigate sports bra shoulder strap designs to improve wearer comfort without negatively affecting the ability of a sports bra
to reduce breast motion and/or associated breast pain during participation in physical activity.