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How do I protect my chest when doing sports?

Choosing a good sports bra that absorbs movement and prevents friction

Whenever you exercise, you subject your chest to a continuous movement. It doesn’t matter the sport or the activity. Such movement can be fatal to the chest if a proper bra is not worn. Whether your chest is large, medium, or small.

Excess movement is the culprit for the chest to sag, among other things.

Why is it bad for the chest to move during exercise? Experts from the Shock Absorber brand (a firm specialized in sports bras), who have highly analyzed it in various studies carried out in collaboration with the Research and Studies Department of the University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom), describe it as follows:

“This movement is an oscillation in the shape of the infinity symbol (like an 8 placed horizontally) and it occurs equally regardless of your size. The chest can move from four centimeters if you use an A cup to fourteen if your cup is G ”.

THE CHEST DOESN’T HOLD IT

It is a very fragile area, in which there is no muscle and its only attachments are the skin and Cooper’s ligaments. The anatomy of these ligaments resembles elastic hair bands. Once they have been stretched repeatedly, they lose their elasticity forever.

This means that, if with the movement and the lack of support before it, they give little by little in each training, finally the chest will fall and it will fall permanently.

Although this risk is so easy to understand, it seems that women do not take it into account. According to the aforementioned studies, 44% of women who exercise regularly do not use a sports bra, and up to 72% claim to have discomfort in this area while practicing it.

AND NOT ONLY FALLS …

With the wrong bra, the nipples can suffer friction during exercise, sweating and the excessive heat can be bothersome in the underbust area, the spaghetti straps can sink into the shoulders and the back zippers can bother the back during workouts of ground, reaching even difficulty the correct breathing.

“Many trainers argue that wearing the right sports bra is just as important as choosing your shoes well. Both factors can increase athletic performance and can give women the confidence to get the most out of each workout.

HOW IS A GOOD SPORTS BRA:

-Control the intensity of the bounce

-Protects from pressure and friction thanks to encapsulated seams

-With a breathable bottom band that stays dry

-With wide, padded shoulder straps for support and less friction

-With closure internally protected by a layer of padding

-No underwire, to avoid chest injuries

-Of fabrics that dry quickly and thus regulate body temperature

If your main concern is that your chest may sag from moving around during exercise, find a sports bra that absorbs movement.

The brand mentioned above has some capable of reducing movement up to 78%, more than double that of a traditional bra, and have a rebound control greater than 54% (data supported by studies carried out in the Department of Research and Studies of the University from Portsmouth (UK).

Both bras for daily use and sports bras will be better or worse to keep the chest young and avoid injuries, depending on how well you have chosen the size.

THE RIGHT SIZE

To find the size, you must measure the contour of the back (measured below the chest), the size of the cup (measured on the chest). That will give you a number and a letter.

But also, to know if you are getting the size right, you must take into account three factors :

1. Suspenders do not have to be loose. The perfect measure is one in which two fingers can be passed under each strap.

2. The cup should neither oppress the chest nor wrinkle.

3. The elastic band should not be marked on the skin, that is, it does not have to be narrow or tight. In addition, the correct thing is that it is at the same height in front and behind.

In general, small sizes (up to 90) should choose gathering bras, which adapt to the shape of the body and large sizes (from 95), take more into account the adaptation of the breast

A BRA FOR EVERY SPORT

When choosing a bra, look at the intensity level of the sport or discipline you are going to practice. For example, a bra for a medium-low intensity such as yoga, Pilates, or Body Balance, should be comfortable and very flexible, with a minimum of support.

If the intensity is medium (walking, Nordic walking, rollerblading …), it must be made of breathable fabric and provide adequate support but without conditioning freedom of movement.

If you do a more intense exercise, such as Crossfit, running, HIIT, or dance, the back must be crossed and the cup must cover the entire chest, always without pressing.

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