Without wearing a sports bra, high impact activity can cause the average woman's breasts to move up and down and cause discomfort as well as muscle damage. A sports bra will reduce breast movement by over 50 per cent and improve comfort.
TYPES OF SPORTS BRA
Compression bras compress the breasts flat against the chest wall. These bras are recommended for smaller cup sizes or for low impact activity for larger cup sizes.
Encapsulation bras hold the breasts in the same way as a normal bra but with higher coverage on the chest wall. These bras are great for all sizes and all levels of sport 'impact'. Sports bras are designed with different 'impact' levels in mind. Women with smaller breasts still need the movement to be reduced but may need only low or medium level support. As a general rule, the larger the cup size then the higher the support level recommended, regardless of the sport.
There is also a great offer of sports bras that are multi-functional and are suitable for a variety of sports. These will allow for good support with no restriction when carrying out repetitive movement activities.
IMPACT LEVELS EXPLAINED
High impact sports bras may use encapsulation and compression methods. These styles will offer a firm fit around the band and the cups are designed to have a high neckline for minimizing movement. This style is recommended for larger cup sizes and for high impact sports such as aerobics, running etc..,
Medium impact sports bras may be a crop top style for the smaller cup sizes with firmer fabrics than the low impact styles. This style is suitable for most sizes and activities such as aerobic exercise, jogging, cardiovascular fitness and weight training.
Low impact sports bras are generally a crop top style using the compression method of support. This style is recommended for smaller cup sizes (A-D) and those looking for comfort. The activities that this might be suitable for include yoga, Pilates, cycling or power walking.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE THE RIGHT SPORTS BRA?
Once you've tried the bra on, try the following;