Watching Boobs Bounce, All In The Name Of ScienceSeptember 28, 2011 No Comments
Scientists at the Breast Health Unit (yes, that exists) are working hard to develop a sports bra that actually works.
They are studying why jogging hurts so darn much and how they can make it stop. The answer combines physics and breasts into a study that could come straight from the mind of a 13-year-old boy.
Researchers actually plotted out the distance, velocity, and acceleration of breast movement. In other words, they watched dozens of women’s breasts bounce as they ran and turned it into science.
Fifteen female volunteers with D-cups ran on a treadmill without a bra, with a bra, and with a sports bra. Cameras and sensors attached to their breasts tracked the movement in 3D. Doesn’t this study sound like the fantasy of every nerdy physics major come true? I mean, they are mapping the movement of large breasts in 3D for heaven’s sake.
Boob jokes aside, this study is actually proving successful.
The scientists found that the speed of breast movement is the main cause of pain. It was also found that horizontal support is needed to prevent soreness. The research group, located at Portsmouth University, is working with bra manufacturers to come up with a new and improved sports bra.
Breast pain during a workout is a serious problem for a lot of women. Whether you’re an A-cup or a D-cup, your breasts can hurt during or after a workout and can hinder your performance. It’s awesome that scientists are taking this problem seriously.
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