Very little research has been done to understand how breasts move. In fact, the bra industry hasn’t relied on much science for the majority of its existence. But a UK study aimed to draw more attention to the needs of active women’s chests.
University of Portsmouth scientist Dr. Joanna Scurr conducted the widest-ranging breast biomechanics study in known history to determine how this scholastically neglected area of our anatomy really shifts around during motion. After observing 70 woman hooked up to sensors, she concluded that breasts not only bounce more than previously thought, but they also move in and out and from side to side-no matter how fast the rest of the body is going or how large a woman’s cup size is.
According to Dr. Scurr, these results prove that encapsulation sports bras are a better choice for all active women than compression bras. Furthermore, she feels that this and further movement studies and the development of technologically advanced fabrics will lead to the reduction of one of the main causes of breast pain.
Many agree. Dr. Scurr has been invited to act as a consultant for lingerie companies, the National Health Service of Scotland and the military.
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