Sports Bras 101: Their Uses, History & Importance
As every woman knows, a normal day bra isn’t suited at all for working out, nor even any kind of remotely strenuous day to day activity. Of course, we all make that mistake anyway from time to time. We hit the gym or the running track as part of a self-inspiring new fitness regimen, and we pay just a few hours (sometimes even minutes) later in the form of unabridged physical discomfort and soreness.
Why Women Need Better Bra Support
The reason why we experience physical discomfort when wearing a regular bra is simple. When we exercise, our breasts move with our body. The only problem is that in many contexts, our breasts simply aren’t designed to be subjected to the mercy of things like different running moves or shunting vertical movements. Worse, when our breasts move in a way which isn’t synchronous with the rest of our body, we can suffer rather serious stress related injuries.
Embarrassment, immediate discomfort, and lasting pain after exercise, are subsequently the bane of any active woman who doesn’t have the right kind of breast support. However, what’s also important for women to understand, is that by not benefiting from the right bra support during exercise, they can also stand to incur significant long-term health problems.
You & Your Coopers Ligament
Are you familiar with the female anatomy in regard to how your breasts are actually attached to your body? Like any appendage, our breasts are attached to our bodies by ligaments, namely a ligament referred to as the Coopers ligament. Moreover, this ligament defines not just how our breasts move when we’re in motion, but also how they appear and are supported during resting periods.
Do you wear a bra which doesn’t provide adequate support during exercise? If so, it’s highly likely that you will damage your Coopers ligament. After being overstretched and overstressed after periods of physical exertion, the Coopers ligament can lose its elasticity. This, in turn, can lead to breasts sagging, not to mention exercise itself becoming more difficult due to women subconsciously adopting more defensive postures in order to compensate for this lack of support.
The choice, in this case, is simple. Do you risk long-term damage to the connective tissues in your chest, back and shoulders by wearing a bra not fit for purpose? Or if you are going to exercise, do you decide to exercise while wearing a bra which does provide adequate support?
A Little Sports Bra History
Of course, the need for better breast support during exercise isn’t anything new. In fact, the much feared Grecian female warrior group the Amazons, are believed to have actually removed their breasts in order to benefit from better physical agility on the battlefield.
Thankfully, ever since 1975, there hasn’t been any need for such drastic measures. Rather, in 1975, the “Free Swing Tennis Bra” was brought to the female sportswear market, closely followed in 1977 by the more all-purpose “Jockbra.”
Both of the above bras were born out of research into the natural movement of different women's breasts during exercise. Even better, that research has been expanded upon in recent years, in order to provide women the world over with the support they are in need of, regardless of their chosen sports activity.
Interested in finding out more? In our next post, we will explain the differences between different kinds of sports bras today and how you can choose the right bra for you. In this case, make sure not to miss our next post, and in the meantime, make sure not to hit the gym just yet until you’re sure that you have the support you need.