Schoolgirls avoid sport because of breasts, says University of Portsmouth research

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ABOUT half of all girls at UK secondary schools might be avoiding sport because of embarrassment or pain caused by their breasts, according to new research.

The study also found that very few girls knew what sort of bra to wear, whether their bra was a good fit or how to avoid breast pain while exercising.

The study, published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, by the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth, is the first in the UK to examine the impact of breasts on schoolgirls taking part in sport. More than 2,000 schoolgirls, aged 11 to 17 years, took part.

The researchers are now calling for breast education for all schoolgirls in Britain.

Professor Joanna Scurr, who leads the research group, said: ‘As scientists, we know proper breast support reduces or even eliminates the problems associated with breast movement during sport.

‘All that is needed is better education, preferably at puberty for all girls.’