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Breast damage from wrong bras

25th July 2008

UK researchers have said that women who exercise without the right type of sports bra could be causing damage to their breasts.

arabwomangymA team working at the University of Portsmouth said insufficiently supportive bras could cause the stretching of delicate ligaments within the breast.

They team said that when a woman exercised, her breasts could move 21cm (8.26inches), in different directions.

They said most sports bras only prevented "vertical movement" and crop-tops were not supportive enough.

The researchers examined around 50 different types of bra, which were tested on "hundreds" of female subjects over a three year period.

Wendy Hedger worked as a researcher in one of the teams. She said that many female purchasers tended to stick to "certain styles of bra and won't buy anything else".

She said that when it came to sports bras, many said they would not purchase one which looked like their "everyday bra" and had a back fastening.

"But this is not true and many sports bras do up at the back in the same way as a traditional bra and do a very good job of supporting women," she added.

She said that that women did not want to buy a bra they thought was an unusual size and so often purchased one that did not fit properly so they could wear a "normal size".

Ms Ledger concluded that women were sometimes not aware that they needed to change their bra size as they aged: "especially after breastfeeding and the menopause."

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