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The Value of Sports Bras

Sep 4, 2008
The feats being performed during the Olympics are amazing. It is also easy to see how much wear and tear the bodies of the athletes take. In the case of women, this includes the massive movements requiring sports bras.

You undoubtedly have a collection of different bras. There better be a few sports bras and you should be wearing them when being active. Tests have revealed breasts can bounce up to 8 inches up and down when just jogging. That is a lot of wear and tear.

Of course, things do not move just up and down. They also move to the left and right as well as in other directions. Exercise is great. That being said, what is the benefit of helping one part of your body while damaging another area?

Your breasts are not supported by muscles per se. Instead, they are supported by ligaments and, obviously, skin. If you watch sports at all, you know ligaments can be damaged and skin, of course, stretches. You need some additional support.

The sports bra is not the most seductive of accessories, but it is a vital necessity. A regular bra is not designed to handle the motion involved in sports. If you want to play, wear a sports bra. If you want to look hot, wear something sexy but do not play hard.

Whether you had large or small breasts, you were pretty much restricted to one type of sports bra for the longest of times. This was known as the compression sports bra. The encapsulate sports bra, however, has recently changed things up.

The compression sports bra has been with us a long time because, frankly, it is good. It is ugly as sin, but performs well. It flattens the breast to the chest wall and eliminates the breast bouncing that can stress ligaments and produce sagging.

The newer encapsulation sports bra is better for larger busted women. Instead of creating a one piece system, this sports bra works by isolating each breast and giving it full support in the cup.

Unlike many issues with bras, the choice between these two breaks down pretty cleanly. If you have a C cup or larger, try the encapsulation sports bra. If you are smaller, go with the compression version.

Unlike many of the variations of brassieres we have seen through the years, the sports bra has pretty much remained the same. Why? It works well. The encapsulation has only come around as bust sizes have grown, but should carry on the tradition of the compression sports bra.
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Tiffany Hart writes about a wide variety of issues related to finding sexy, yet comfortable, bras for DivaBras.com.
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