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Breast Pain and Sports Bra Usage Reported by Chinese Women: Why Sports Bra Education Programs are Needed in China

General problems of the fibre and textile industries

Authors:

  • Chen Xiaona
    College of Fashion, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai, P. R. China
  • Wang Jianping
    Fashion and Art Design Institute, Dong Hua University, Shanghai, P. R. China
  • Wang Yanzhen
    College of Fashion, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai, P. R. China
  • Gho Sheridan A.
    Biomechanics Research Laboratory, School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW, Australia
  • Steele Julie R. (j/w)

Nr DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.1815

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Abstract:

This study aimed to evaluate breast pain and sports bra usage reported by Chinese women and to analyse whether they were affected by age, education, occupation, income or breast size. Four hundred and four Chinese women completed a questionnaire to determine their breast pain and its frequency as well as sports bra usage. Although more than 60% of Chinese women experienced breast pain during exercise, only 40% of them had ever worn a sports bra. The high percentage of participants who experienced breast pain and low percentage of sports bra usage confirmed the need to educate Chinese women on sport bra fit, design and reasons for wearing sports bras. Age, bra size and income level should be considered when implementing these educational programs.

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breast pain, sports bra usage, bra fit, bra size, education program.

Citation:

Chen X, Wang J, Wang Y, Gho SA, Steele JR. Breast Pain and Sports Bra Usage Reported by Chinese Women: Why Sports Bra Education Programs are Needed in China. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2019; 27, 4(136): 17-22. DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.1815

Published in issue no 4 (136) / 2019, pages 17–22.

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