Sports Bra Fit on Respiratory Function and the Work of Breathing during Exercise

Women use sports bras to reduce the breast movement and discomfort during exercise. In order to provide support, sports bras have a tight fit, adding pressure to rib cage. Pressure applied to the rib cage via a sports bra, can provide resistance during inspiration, and increasing the effort and work required to breath. The purpose of this study is to measure how the tightness of a sports bra affects how women breath at rest and during exercise. The study is expected to be a benefit to the partner organization, as it will provide evidence as to how bra fit and design can affect breathing during exercise.

Shalaya Kipp
Faculty Supervisor: 
A. William (Bill) Sheel
British Columbia
Partner University: