The sports bra is an inseparable part of a good session. If you wear it without really paying too much attention to it, according to some studies, poor chest support during physical activity can cause damage to skin tissue. Worse, 90% of women are said to be wearing the wrong bra size, while 44% of athletes report breast pain related to a lack of support. It is therefore essential to choose the right sports bra, but also to adapt it to the type of physical activity you practice.
Why is it important to adapt your bra to your workout?
“The chest moves excessively during exercise,” said Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scutt, a professor of biomechanics and head of the Breast Health Research Group at the University of Portsmouth. She explains to the UK version of “Stylist” that the chest can move 19 inches during a session if it’s not properly maintained. “She not only jumps up and down, but in all directions…”
For example, if the chest is not properly supported while jogging, it will feel the same vibrations as an F1 driver during racing. “The breast has very delicate, very thin skin that can be damaged if we don’t support it properly. And by damage I mean that the skin stretches over and over and eventually does not return to its original position. Wearing a sports bra is therefore a matter of prevention. Because once this skin has been stretched, there’s nothing we can do about it,” adds the professional.
According to Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scutt, poor breast support can totally alter our athletic performance. “If the breasts move a lot, they can change our running technique and shorten our stride, for example. We saw a four centimeter reduction in stride length when women ran with poor support,” she explains. More importantly, an inappropriate sports bra can alter the heart rate during exercise.
But which type of bra should you choose depending on the sport you practice?
According to the scientist’s confidence, high-intensity activities, such as running, require a lot of support. We therefore turn to a fabric that is less elastic, but also a model that will separate the breasts so that they do not compress against the rib cage. “For very dynamic activity types, you want something with less stretch and stiffer cups. †
For muscle building, we prefer a bra with more flexibility and suppleness to allow easy upper body movement. “Look for a moisture-wicking sports bra made with breathable fabrics and sweat-wicking materials in targeted areas where sweat collects,” says Joanna Wakefield-Scutt. She emphasizes that it is extremely important to adapt your clothing to the sport: “I think there is a real danger if women think that one bra is suitable for all physical activities. The upper body moves differently in different athletic activities, which is why we need different types of support. It is important for breast health. †