A recent research by a breast biomechanics team at the University of Portsmouth, warning that wearing the wrong kind of bra could damage women’s breasts. Wendy Hedger, the lead researcher, said poor support could lead to fragile ligaments in the breasts being stretched. Their findings show that during exercise, women’s breasts move up to 8.26 inches, up and down, in and out, and side to side.. This is against the discovery by the team that most bras only allow vertical movement.
The research team, which had tested about 50 bra designs on hundreds of women during the past three years, also warned that most sports bras in the market do not give enough support to women’s breasts. Hedger said that many women have strong preferences for certain styles of bra and may not buy other brands even when they are inconvenienced.
Nancy Akinloye, a medical consultant based in lagos, puts the situation in a clearer perspective. ” There’s a social stigma about certain sizes. Many woment don’t want to be seen as too small or too big and buy a bra that doesn’t fit well in order to keep their breasts at what they consider to be a normal size,” she said. She believes that many women are ignorant that they are wearing a badly-fitting bra or unknowingly wear the wrong bra size.