How important is it to wear a Sports Bra while horse riding? August 13 2016

Four in 10 female horse riders experience breast pain while in the saddle, the recently published findings of an online survey suggest.

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Many riders may feel a sports bra is an unnecessary luxury and save their money for other more ‘essential’ pieces of kit. Some are perhaps under the common misconception that a well-fitting regular bra will do the same job so why spend the money?

However horse riding, (like other high impact sports), results in a lot of vertical chest movement and without proper support from a specially made undergarment this can become very uncomfortable for the rider and result in lasting and irreversible damage to the breast tissue.

The breast is made up of fatty tissue, not muscle and once it's damaged or stretched, no amount of exercise can help the breast regain its original firmness and condition. It's worth bearing in mind that any form of riding that is faster than walking is considered high impact therefore the wearing of a well fitted supporting sports bra is essential.

Sports scientists have discovered in tests that a supporting sports bra prevents ‘bouncing’, and therefore stretching, of the sensitive breast tissue by 74 per cent, while a normal bra only compensates by 38 per cent. That’s a huge difference!

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