'Wrong bras' can damage breasts

Mon, 07/28/2008 - 09:06
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I see so many women in the gym that don't have enough support. One woman just gave birth and was working out without even a bra. I wanted to say something but got that look.

Women who wear the wrong kind of bra could be damaging their breasts, researchers have warned. The breast biomechanics team at the University of Portsmouth said poor support could lead to fragile ligaments in the breast being stretched. They said that during exercise, breasts move up to 21cm (8.26inches), up and down, in and out and side to side - but most bras just limit vertical movement.

And they warned crop-top sports bras did not give enough support. The research team has tested about 50 bra designs on hundreds of women during the past three years. Wendy Hedger, one of the scientists who carried out the work, said: "Many women have strong preferences for certain styles of bra and won't buy anything else.

 

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Actually, those ligaments

Sat, 01/02/2010 - 02:37
Anonymous (not verified)

Actually, those ligaments would never have to be worried about if women never wore bras because the pectoral wall would hold it all in place and would function more properly if they were being used all the time, they would simply have to strengthen on their own. Unfortunately, most women who have grown their breasts in all the while wearing a bra (that most likely didn't even fit right) probably have damaged pectoral muscles. Not to mention, the woman without a bra was probably doing herself more justice than anybody else, because she's giving her chest the space it needs for proper lymphnatic flow.