A study conducted by Britain’s First Research Group for Breast Health attached to the University of Portsmouth could throw some light on the little understood causes of ‘Breast Pain’.
The cause could be related to the speed at which women’s breasts move when they run. This could be because of the reason that the chest tissue is more likely to be damaged by the speed rather than the amount of movement of breasts. In other words, it is not the degree of movement, but the pace with which it moves.
The above result emerged in the study conducted by Ms.Joanna Scurr, a Sports Scientist attached to the University as a result of conducting an experiment in which 100 women participated. They all ran in a treadmill with censors attached to their bosoms to measure how much they wobbled. During the experiment four factors, viz., the distance traveled by the breasts, the speed at which they moved up and down, in and out and from side to side, were measured and the speed was calculated.
The subjects experienced greatest degrees of pain and discomfort during the points at which the breasts were in the process of accelerating or decelerating.
The findings of the study which would be presented at the annual conference of American College of Sports and Medicines, may offer an insight in the treatment of millions of women who suffer from exercise related breast-pain and also in the designing of ‘bras’ in alleviating this pain.