Breast movement asymmetry during running: implications for breast support

Timothy Exell*, Alex Milligan, Jenny Burbage, Amy Sanchez, Brogan Horler, Chris Mills, Joanna Wakefield-Scurr

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This study aimed to investigate 1) the prevalence and magnitude of breast movement asymmetry, 2) the interaction between static and dynamic breast asymmetry during running and 3) the influence of sports bras on breast asymmetry. Nipple position data were collected from 167 female participants whilst treadmill running and then from a sub-group of twelve participants running in different bra conditions. Breast movement asymmetry was present in 74% of participant during running, with greater resultant static breast position asymmetry for participants that displayed asymmetry whilst running. Asymmetry was most commonly caused (65 - 80%) by greater movement of the left than right breast. Sports bras reduced asymmetry prevalence to as few as 17% of participants in the antero-posterior direction but only 58% in the infero-superior direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBS Proceedings Archive
PublisherNorthern Michigan University
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018
EventInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports - New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 Sept 201814 Sept 2018


ConferenceInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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