An investigation of bra concerns and barriers to participation in horse riding

Jenny Burbage, Lorna Cameron

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Horse riding is a female-dominated sport where participation levels are declining. The influence of the breast onparticipation levels and current satisfaction with bras for this activity is unknown. This study aimed to investigatebra concerns and breast-related barriers to participation in horse riding. A 6-part, 32 question online survey wascompleted by 1,324 females who participated in horse riding. Descriptive and chi-squared analyses were utilised;inductive content analysis was completed to analyse qualitative responses. At least one breast-related barrier wasreported by 25% of all participants. Larger-breasted riders were less satisfied (P<0.001) with their bras. 70% of ridersstated that improvements needed to be made in bras to help reduce breast health issues, with support, style andfit the most common reasons cited. This study highlights the importance of addressing breast-related barriers andprovides rationale for the development of equestrian-specific breast support garments and educational initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalComparative Exercise Physiology
Early online date30 Jan 2018
Publication statusEarly online - 30 Jan 2018


  • barriers
  • equestrian
  • physical activity
  • self-efficacy
  • clothing design


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