When selecting the perfect sports bra, addressing your athletic needs is paramount. Whether you seek chest protection, breast protection, overall upper-body protection, or no protection at all, finding the right fit and support is essential. We have curated a comprehensive guide to streamline your search and assist you in discovering the ultimate sports bra tailored to your requirements.
Understanding your Needs
Determining Your Support Level
Sports bras cater to distinct support levels: low, medium, and high impact. To align with your chosen physical activity, consider the appropriate support level. For activities like yoga, opt for low-impact support, while high-impact activities like running or jumping necessitate more robust support. Additionally, high-impact bras often combine compression and encapsulation for enhanced reinforcement.
Sizing and Support Harmony
The efficacy of your sports bra's support hinges on its fit. A poorly fitting high-impact sports bra will not deliver optimal support. Thus, accurate sizing is crucial. Gauge your size through precise measurements or seek assistance from professional bra fitting services. If available, utilize such services in brick-and-mortar stores or find online fitting services offered by www.theboobwhisperer.com. For self-measurement, focus on band and cup dimensions. Ensure the band fits snugly beneath your breasts, and cups provide complete coverage without spillage (beneath or above the cups or on the sides) or gaps.
Incorporating Upper-Body Defense
Engaging in activities prone to impact, like fast-flying sports balls, tackles or collisions, calls for specialized protection. Prioritize movability, covered areas, protection level, and compliance with competition standards when choosing protective sports bras.
Retaining flexibility and performance
Protective gear must not hinder mobility, as comfort and performance are paramount. If your protective sports bra restricts your motion and with that performance, you will be cheaper off purchasing a high-quality sports bra without protective qualities, as you will most likely not wear it too often. Flexibility is often influenced by the impact material, with anatomical shaping being crucial. Additionally, the impact material should never appear stiff or too bulky. Many materials change with body heat. Testing the protective bra's fit and comfort by allowing the material to reach body temperature is advisable. If it is just right, you will feel like a superhero with a protective shield wrapped around your torso.
Targeted Protection and Impact Estimation
Identify specific torso regions necessitating safeguarding, whether due to prior injuries or sport-related contact impact. The AAVA sports bra offers comprehensive protection for the sternum, inner collar bones, ribs (even the short ones), and breasts, including provisions for hard-shell breast cups.
Optimal Shock Absorption
Tailoring protection entails understanding potential sport-related injuries. Certain sports, like Free Skiing, Freestyle Snowboarding, Boxing and other Combat Sport might require hard-shell protection. Inform yourself, and do not be fooled, to believe that flexible impact foam can replace hard-shell counterparts. That being said, some of our customers wear our products underneath their hard-shell protection as these tend to be less comfortable and can cause skin irritation.
Athletes seeking sustained impact protection should explore materials like open-cell technology impact foams, as found in the AAVA Armoured Sports Bra. These materials return to their initial form after impact, while closed-cell technology foams break down and are unsuitable for repeated impact, meaning products must be replaced regularly to maintain the desired level of impact protection.
Adhering to Competition Protocols
Some combat sports require athletes with breasts to wear hard-shell chest or breast protection when competing. Such products must possess recognized certifications like CE certifications and might require recognition by sports associations. Other sports, especially team sports might prohibit the use of hard-shell breast and chest protection as these might cause injury to other players. In both cases, rules and regulation knowledge for your sport are crucial. Compliance with rules might also extend to soft impact protection as used in the AAVA Armoured Sports Bra.
Enhancing Comfort Through Fabric and Features
Select sports bras constructed from moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics to maintain comfort and dryness during workouts. Explore adjustable straps, removable cups, and innovative closures for added convenience.
Embracing Skin-Safe Fabrics
Skin-friendliness is vital for a base layer like a sports bra. While many natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, silk or hemp are skin-friendly, they do not have the moisture-wicking and breathable attributes and the sturdiness you might be looking for. Look for reputable certifications like OEKO-TEX® to ensure fabric quality. If you are unfamiliar with the certification or seal, research to ensure they are legit. Certified standards should be independent, transparent and science-based.
Mitigating Overheating Concerns
You might be used to combining one layer for support and one for protection, which might increase heat. Generally speaking, fewer layers mean less heat. Sports bras like the AAVA counter this through built-in protection, reducing layers and the likelihood of overheating.
Remember that finding the perfect sports bra might take a bit of trial and error. Do not settle for discomfort, inadequate support or improper protection. Dedicate the effort to locate a sports bra that aligns with your needs and elevates your confidence during workouts.
If you are considering a protective sports bra such as the AAVA Armoured Sports Bra reach out to us for hands-on experience. The AAVA will be available in our online store in late September/early October, with select retailers also stocking it. We're here to guide you towards the ultimate fusion of performance, protection, and comfort.