The 10 Best Sports Bras for Women With Big Busts
Unfortunately, the bounce factor for bustier women can be an exercise deterrent. Who wants to go for a run or knock out burpees when every hop, skip and jump leads to pure pain? In fact, we’re pretty sure we all have that friend who’s had to double up on support. What’s more, putting a larger-breasted woman in the wrong bra can have serious health implications.
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“If a sports bra has not been specifically designed and built to carry the weight of larger, heavier breasts, the bra straps may be too narrow and exert extra pressure on your shoulders,” explains LaJean Lawson, PhD, a sports bra researcher at Oregon State University and consultant to the sports bra industry.
“If the amount and location of the pressure crosses over an area in the shoulders where nerves and blood vessels exit into the upper arms, a medical condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome can result.” Symptoms of TOS include numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, pain in the neck, shoulder or hands, and even a weaker grip.
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So what do the well-endowed need to look for when shopping for a sports bra? Lawson says there are three key things:
#1. Look for minimal (controlled) stretch throughout the bra in areas like the cups, straps and band.
#2. Forgo the traditional sports bra, which has a single flat panel across the front, and opt for one with two separate cups that will control each breast instead.
#3. Choose athletic supporters with more coverage, such as a higher neckline, wider straps and a substantial bottom band.
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Armed with Lawson’s tips, we did the leg work and found these 10 amazing sports bras that are easy to get on, offer stellar support, and, most importantly, are still cute!