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Female volunteers wanted for sports bra study

Researchers from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are looking for female participants to test different sports bras and sports leggings while walking, jogging and running.

Many females can be discouraged from exercising if they feel discomfort and pain over the breast area (and associated areas such as back and shoulders) and while this is commonly encountered, little research has been carried out into investigating how best to provide support to active females.

This study aims to measure static and dynamic shape of ‘soft tissue’ (e.g. breasts and thighs) for the optimal design of athletic apparel such as sports bras and leggings.

Participants should be:

  • Aged 18-26 (without children) or 27-55 (with or without children)
  • A bra size 34B, 36C or 36DD
  • Recreationally active (e.g. 45 mins exercise multiple times per week)

Testing includes:

  • Motion analysis while walking (4km/h), jogging (7.5km/h) and running (10km/h) (each for a few minutes on a treadmill)
  • Whole body MRI scan and torso area scan (at the NCSEM-EM)
  • Filling out short questionnaires to assess comfort

Repeated visits are necessary and all participants will be reimbursed for travel, time and inconvenience per visit.

If you would like to participate, please contact the Sports Bra Study Team.