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Features of sports bras that deter their use by Australian women

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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

    returned.

    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.

Authors


  •   Bowles, Kelly-Ann (external author)
  •   Steele, Julie R.
  •   Munro, Bridget J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Bowles, K., Steele, J. R. & Munro, B. J. (2012). Features of sports bras that deter their use by Australian women. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 (3), 195-200.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84860884417

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3062

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 195

End Page


  • 200

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • 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

    returned.

    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.

Authors


  •   Bowles, Kelly-Ann (external author)
  •   Steele, Julie R.
  •   Munro, Bridget J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Bowles, K., Steele, J. R. & Munro, B. J. (2012). Features of sports bras that deter their use by Australian women. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 (3), 195-200.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84860884417

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3062

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 195

End Page


  • 200

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia