The need for a
well-fitting brassiere during sport and physical activity is becoming more and
more important as research investigates the matter. Whilst the medical
implications of excessive breast motion and resultant breast pain are yet to be
examined, the fact that pain is apparent suggests that some damage may be
caused to internal structures of the breast tissue as a result of excessive
implications, combined with the reduction or withdrawal from exercise as a
result, necessitate the need for appropriate breast support to female athlete’s
during physical activity.
As the female
breast contains no supportive muscle or bone, breast tissue is relatively free
to move over the chest wall, especially during motion of the torso, such as that
which occurs during physical activity such as jumping during volleyball.
Whilst several school’s of thought
suggest that the skin provides most of the anatomical support for the breast,
recent research states that Cooper’s ligaments, the thin bands of fibrous
tissue that divide the breast lobules and attach to the pectoralis muscles,
play a major role in the body’s capacity to support the breast.
suggests that only 41% of female athletes wore an encapsulating sports bra
during physical activity, with the main reason being a lack of awareness
regarding the need for good breast support during exercise.
The main point
expressed in research states that all female athlete’s of all sizes should be
aware of the excessive strain placed upon the female breast during exercise,
and have the knowledge/wherewithal to mitigate this strain with a well-fitted
and supportive brassiere.
Key points for searching for a bra
- Crossed back orientation
results in reduced pain and pressure from shoulder staps, and reduced breast
movement. This also limits the likelihood of bra straps slipping down during
- Individual support for
each breast with a separate cup allows for reduction in movement during
exercise, with each breast appropriately supported independent of each other.
- Firm, but not cutting,
tightness around the rib cage is important to avoid too much rotation and
uplifting of the bra during movement.
- Cushioning of both cup
and strap is not as important as ensuring the bra is well fitting, allowing for
the least amount of movement possible during exercise.
- After having your bra
for a small period of time, a strap tightening adjustment may needed.
A wider strap that is greater than a pencil width is advised.
To find out more information about bra fitting to assist you in playing Volleyball, make an appointment with us today. Call us on 07 3352 5116 or book an appointment online!
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