Chris Mills does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Research has shown that having larger breasts can put some women off participating in sports or exercise and even compromise sports performance. Sports bra design and innovation has moved on greatly from the first general exercise bra developed by Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith in , which was in fact two jockstraps sewed together. Recent developments include seamless knitting, and even tiny sensors and built-in actuators that alter the level of support the bra provides as required.
Thumping against your chest, weighing you down, and threatening to give you back pain, large breasts can be more than just annoying on the run, they can also be painful and detrimental to your performance, says sports physiotherapist Deirdre McGhee, Ph. Here, we explore the top three complaints of large-breasted runners everywhere—as well as how to ease the pain with some simple tricks and bra-fit guidelines. A pair of D-cup boobs weigh in at 15 to 23 pounds. When straps are thin, the pressure can be so great they not only leave dents in your shoulders but hit the brachial plexus nerve group, causing numbness in the pinky fingers.
Rule number one for choosing a sports bra: get your sizing right. When you first purchase a sports bra, make sure it: Fits snugly on the first row of clips, so that when it slackens, you can tighten it to the next row. The back band should sit at the same level around your body. Generally, you should be able to get one finger under the band and in the cup.
Large breasts present a challenge for runners, but ways exist to stop the pain associated with bouncing, chafing and muscle tension. The same rules of physiology -- or how your body functions within its environment -- apply to all women, but since you carry around extra mass and weight, side effects like pain are more likely to occur. Try a few simple ideas to lessen pain and focus on your workout.