There’s a great article by Vicky Hallett in the Washington Post about sports bras — that my dad sent me. Here are some gems:
“Most bras address vertical movement but fail to control the breasts when they shift in other directions.”
“Different types of activity really require quite different support,” says Joanna Scurr, head of the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth in Britain. (Do we have a research group working on this issue in the States too?)
“In tennis, there’s a lot of upper body rotation, which leads to side-to-side breast movement. In basketball, it’s more vertical.” (Chuckle.)
“Scurr’s research into the effects of breast support on athletic performance (She needs to read my Rocky race report.) has led to the sport-specific line of bras…. The Run Bra zeros in on figure-8 movement (OK, that’s just hysterical.) the Ball Bra has extra support at the top to control up-down bounce, and the Racket Bra is constructed in an M-shape to prevent too much lateral swing.
The article goes on to differentiate between compression bras and “encapsulation” bras (the technology!) and gives some guidance about sizing. (“Band: Measure the rib cage just under the bust, then add four to get your band size.”)
Eliot needs to get on the computer, so I’ll leave off. Try not to think about figure-8s too much while you’re running or walking around today.