Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Boobs bounce, better bras bring better bolstering.

As a runner I was most amused and head noddingly in agreement with the Daily Mail this fine morning.

"Women's bras do not offer enough support when exercising

Dr Joanna Scurr's research revealed that between 45 per cent and 60 per cent of women in Britain experience breast pain when exercising, regardless of their breast size.

An A-cup woman could be prevented from doing sport just as much as a woman with a double F cup, the survey showed.

Breasts also bounce more during exercise - up to 8in (21cm) rather than the maximum 6in (16cm) bounce measured in past studies.

Bras are designed to stop breasts bouncing but Dr Scurr's research showed that breasts also move from side to side and in and out, and ordinary bras are not designed to cope.

The University of Portsmouth scientist also found that breasts move as much during slow jogging as they do at maximum sprint speed.

She said: "There really are women who want to do exercise but who don't have the bras to cope.

"I know of a 16-year-old who was selected to play basketball for the county but she was told to give it up because she couldn't find a bra that made playing possible.

"Breast size and pain caused by exercise can be a real barrier to women doing exercise."

Dr Scurr is working with bra manufacturers in Britain and globally which are vying to design a bra that can lessen movement in all three dimensions and reduce the pain factor.

Seventy women were recruited for the two-year study through the university's student and staff population, gyms and doctors' surgeries.

The University said it is the widest range of breast sizes ever studied and includes women with cup sizes from A up to a double J.

Dr Scurr said: "If women wear the correct form of support, if we can get that right, the use of pain medication is reduced and women can be active and lead healthy lives.

"Studies have shown that medication to reduce breast pain was only successful for 54 per cent of women, but they had to put up with side-effects of the medication, whereas sports bras were shown to be successful at reducing breast pain for 80 per cent of women, with no side-effects at all." "

Well shit. So let me get this straight, wearing a sports bra to do sport is a good idea. Well no shit Sherlock. I am astounded that anyone needs this pointed out to them. I mean for god's sake of course wearing proper support is crucial. I wouldn't wear flip-flops to go jogging, why on earth would I wear a non-sport bra.
And yet I have passed many a lady and winced inside as their boobs bounce and boing all over the place. I've even seen some women sort of run with their hand almost up under their breasts to reduce movement. I always feel like stopping them and asking what their breasts have ever done to them to deserve such treatment.
Now some women have large breasts and find any kind of jogging uncomfortable but there is no need for the painful swinging. The good news is that the sport clothing manufacturers these days have at long last come up with some very high-tech bras indeed. Bras that minimise bounce and firm hold bras that seal breasts into an almost rock solid position and are an absolute delight to wear if sport is your goal (no chaffing, breathable material, amazing shoulder position).
Most good sports shops stock these bras.
There really is no reason to suffer and no need to not partake in a sport becasue of your breasts. Just buy the proper equipment and sally forth.



Anonymous Nonny said...

Ahhh I long for a day when I can complain about such things, when I can say things like “Jesus these bad boys really do reek havoc when I’m running” For when I take my Wonder bra off my chest looks like that of a ten year old by sniff sniff. Seriously though it can’t be comfortable, it’s like the bigger ladies you see in the gym wearing lycra. Mental.

11:37 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I too have seen my fair share of mis-used lycra. There's a guy who goes to the gym in the mornings, and older man, in great shape, but I swear to god I can count the change in his pocket if you know what I mean.

11:43 a.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

It's a pity that breasts aren't a little more like testicles, which retreat into the abdomen during exercise, with the scrotum tightening somewhat. If breasts did that then, all would be solved. I'll bear that in mind for my next round of human genetic engineering, codenamed: ScrotumBoob.

11:46 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Swimming is the answer, in a tight speedo that reduces water resistance. No boing boing effect. No weight tranferred to shoulder, neck or back.

I wonder if prosthetic boobs were attached to a male runner would they move in the same way, or if the variety of movement is actually caused by women's different pelvic/hip bone and joint structure? Could you get some for the Paramour and do a trial for us?

11:47 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't know 'bout that Docky2, don't footballers and all theose chaps wear codpieces and what not to lesson swing?
Conan, I don't think he'd go for it.

12:08 p.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

There is no advice I can offer. I shall just move along....

12:46 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Sweet jeebus, bra sizes go up to a double J? I have no idea how you would lug those things around.

12:51 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

As far as I know a lot of women have serious problems with back ache when their breasts are that large. A gal I went to college with had double Gs and she was crippled with back pain, and really found it very hard to sleep properly or to find clothes to fit her otherwise size 12 frame. She had breast reduction almost as soon as she could afford it. She's still busty but not in the 'freak zone' (her words)

12:57 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

Hell no I wouldn’t like to be that big just a bit bigger, I will definitely get implants in the near future though. I just wouldn’t like to acquire the top-heavy look some woman sport.

1:06 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Nonny, Did you see the Late Late show on RTE last saturday? The first programme of the season, with a face-lift done live!

I hear the show was basically a corporate video for the cosmetic surgery 'you look ugly and/or inadequate' industry.

1:53 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

I’m 25, my profession already denotes me as a bore watching the Late Late Show would be the final nail in the coffin. I know what you mean though, the pressure from huge corporations to look a certain way is enormous and normally I wouldn’t conform but I want boobs everyone else has them so I want some.

2:03 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Nonny, if you're planning on having kids sometime then wait until you've had them before going that route. Mother nature might sort out the issue for you, and in the meantime you can run without bouncing about.

2:10 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...


If I could, I'd have them chopped off at the first opportunity. But SPOUSE seems to like them, so I'm afraid they'll have to stay.

I have a large collection of sports bras of various 'strengths and sizes' and so far haven't found one that makes running anything other than complete and utter torturous wank. My knees don't like it much either...though it seems okay when I'm chasing a ball or trying to run the basepaths. Context is the key for me.

But back to the subject.


2:26 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

FMC: The codpiece thing is for protection from a violent swing of a boot or a fist or other organ. No, the nads would be pretty ok on their own without support.

Did you know:

The first Greek medics had the theory that the milk from the right breast was stronger and more suitable for male infants,
and perhaps most interestingly, that if the right testicle was cold and retracted then this was a sign of death.

2:39 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

there's even such thing as a bounce-ometer:


I'm with Nonny, nothing for me to bounce unfortunately.....

2:53 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

Conan, by the time I want to reproduce it will be time to have them lifted anyway so It will be a much of a muchness, I’m still not convinced I won’t look top-heavy though as I am quite small. On a more serious note there is a good program on TV tonight True Lives on at 10.15 tonight. It shows the lives of some people whom I’m sure if breast implants and bouncing boobs where all they had to worry about they’d be happy!

2:54 p.m.  
Anonymous Macdara said...

Even at my age the idea og bouncing boobs just makes me smile. I guess men never do grow out of that phase.

Breasts for us form the day we are born to the day we die = happiness and a smile.

From food to pleasure. Really Women are lucky that we find them so interesting as with out them we might just watch football all day.

Maybe if we had something that women liked as much they wouldnt spend as much time shopping ??

3:10 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Good lord Aisling, that look's painful.
Also, the more you run the smaller your boobs get, or so it seems. Typical, you get fitter, lose weight and the first place it goes off are the places you'd rather it stayed on.

4:09 p.m.  
Blogger Dr Maroon said...

Hmmm. I feel I almost understand what you're talking about.

Maybe if you posted a picture of these breasts, perhaps in and out of these special sports bras you're talking about.

Look, to save time just use pictures of yourself. We're among ourselves.

4:09 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

I'm sure if I'd been able to research the amount boobs wobble rather than study philosophy, my university days would have been somuch more enjoyable

4:10 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't know why I put that extra comma in their.
Docky! You are a cheeky whelp. I like that.
Kim, it's a science dontcha know.

4:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Pinkie said...

The thoughts of boobs being bounced 6-8 inches is just ... gobsmacking. 6-8 inches!! My GOD! Ouch :|

Sports Bras are the shit anyways -- whether you doing sports of not. They're so comfy!

4:41 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

I don't even have 6-8 inches so it's lies.

5:47 p.m.  
Anonymous Primal Sneeze said...

Ah but seriously, there's nothing nicer than the sight of giggling boobs on a woman jogging.

Let's look at exercise this way: Your pain - our gain.

(I'm not barred for that, am I, FMC?)

7:21 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Nope, I figure if you have a willie it's the law to think that way.

7:59 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

mmmm booooooobs.

Sorry what was that we were talking about...

9:07 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

See what I mean?

9:14 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Gee, FMC, your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

9:28 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'd teach them but I'd have to charge.

10:08 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I've got to be honest, if a shirtless glistening hottie ran past me and his manjoolie was swinging freely under his red very short shorts I'd look.
I wouldn't yell at him, but I would definitely take a long gander.

10:10 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Hee hee!

10:38 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

I don't run, but I do do (haha do-do) ashtanga and pilates and also have invested in some nice sports bras, they even come in black, to avoid what I like to refer to as the "underwire stabfest" while in some of the more complex positions, sometimes you have to kind of squish your chest together (as in each side) and the underwire KILLS your boobs, yowsas, I see silly women running about with their boobs bouncing about over their shoulders, maybe next time I see one I will suggest heading on down to sports bra town, I can't even run down the stairs with out holding my boobs if I am braless, and I have totally normal sized non "freak zone" boobs, ow!

11:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Quite right Babs, the last thing you want is to be in Downward Facing Dog and then be met with the puppies.

9:30 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

"..but I would definitely take a long gander"

Yes indeed, what's saucey for the goose is saucey for the gander.

10:10 a.m.  
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Dr. Joanna Scurr has new content about her research regarding sports bras, check it out!

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11:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent article. Very informative and enlightening. Didn't know the movement could cause so much pain and that it was essentially independent of breast size. It is very sad that after so many years, there still aren't adequate bras available. Am very pleased to know that the research is now being done. Hopefully, soon women will be able to partake in exercise activity without the boobs being an issue.
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