WHY BOOB ARMOUR®
In the general population, 44–72% of women have reported experiencing exercise-induced breast pain when they participate in sports and exercise (Brown et al 2016). This breast pain can often be severe enough to limit a woman’s participation in physical activity. (Burnett et al, 2015 Brisbine 2020)
In a recent 2020 survey and assessment of 207 female Australian Football League (AFL), Rugby League, Rugby Union (XVs) and Rugby 7s players, 58 percent of players reported ever experiencing a contact breast injury and 48% perceived that their injury affected their football performance. (Brisbine et al 2020)
“Trauma to the breast should be avoided with adequate protection.
Injury to the breast tissue can cause dead fat necrosis which can lead to lumps in the breast. These can be mistaken for breast cancer and can mean that the female will require biopsies to the breast. This can also make it difficult to detect breast cancer in the future if the patient has multiple areas of fat necrosis in the breast.
Fat necrosis on clinical examination and on breast imaging often mimics breast cancer and a biopsy is usually required to exclude cancer. It does not however increase a women’s risk of cancer.
Trauma to the breast can also lead to chronic musculoskeletal and breast pain. Pain in the breast is uncommonly associated with breast cancer. Less than 10% of all breast cancers present with breast pain.”
Breast movement during running and jumping has recently been described by the Research Group in Breast Health Institute at The University of Portsmouth in the UK. During running, 50% of this breast movement occurs in a vertical direction, 25% in a forwards/backwards direction, and 25% in a side-to-side direction with larger breasts having greater movement. In addition it has been shown that the breast does not follow the movement of the chest wall during running, having its own independent pattern of motion. According to research by this group, exercise induced breast pain, thought to be caused by tension on breast skin and internal ligaments/fascia during breast motion is reported in up to 72% of exercising females. (Brown N et al 2016).
Our Boob Armour inserts are made from soft but strong Polyethylene, 2mm thick. They extend around the under arm for added protection and to better stabilise the insert in position. 7 sizes of Boob Amour shells are available for insertion into regular sports bras & crop tops, giving the breasts greater support as well as protection against impact.
Our breast protection insert has been demonstrated to diminish impact without restricting performance. Working with top researchers this product made by our manufacturer has passed European CE certification for use as a Martial Arts women’s chest protector. This certification means that the product been tested for a range of protective properties such as impact qualities as well as taking into consideration fit and comfort.
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They extend around the under arm for added protection and to better stabilise the insert in position. 7 sizes of Boob Armour® shells are available for insertion into regular sports bras & crop tops, giving the breasts greater support as well as protection against impact.
Working with top researchers this product made by our manufacturer has passed European CE certification for use as a Martial Arts women’s chest protector. This certification means that the product has been tested for a range of protective properties such as impact qualities as well as taking into consideration fit and comfort.
While your breasts are situated over the pectoral muscles on the front of the chest, these muscles don’t actually support the breasts.
The main support comes from the skin and internally-located Cooper’s ligaments, which can be irreversibly stretched due to excessive breast movement during running and jumping. Over time, this ligament damage may lead to or accentuate breast sagging.
“At Boob Armour we want to bring breast health into the mainstream conversation. Breast impacts happen in all contact sports and at all levels of play. Just like a mouth guard or shin guards, we aim to make breast protection the new norm in contact, impact & ball sports.”
founder of boob armour
Apart from the pain, having to miss a game or having your performance affected, it has been shown that impact bruising to the female breast results in the formation of hard nodules/lumps in the breast tissue. While not cancerous, these lumps are difficult to differentiate from breast cancer.
Although some variation in breast size is normal and is common in most women, injury to the breasts of premenarchal girls has been shown to result in asymmetrical breast growth, which may cause embarrassment and disrupt self esteem. For this reason, protection against impact in contact sports is important for those girls whose breasts are still developing and where impact is particularly painful.
Boob Armour inserts are made from soft but strong polyethylene and are just 2mm thick. They extend around the under arm for added protection and to better stabilise the insert in position. 7 sizes of Boob Amour shells are available for insertion into regular sports bras & crop tops.
“Boob Armour was founded with one ambition. To protect women’s breasts giving athletes confidence to play contact, physical & hard ball sports by alleviating impact & injury.”
founder of boob armour