These girls' breast sizes are keeping them from playing sports —and we're concerned
Being a teen is literally, the worst. Hormones and acne and just like, trying to make it through the day in high school is already hard enough, but now girls’ bodies are making it even harder.
According to a study by the Journal of Adolescent Health 73% of girls ages 11-18 say they worry about playing sports, for fear that their boobs will bounce. Forty-six percent of girls reported that their breasts had some effect on their participation in sports and exercise.
This study was conducted in the UK where reportedly only 12% of the UK’s 14-year-old girls are getting the recommended physical activity that they need.
However, of this polling population, only 50% said they actually wear a sports bra during physical activity. Could their boob anxiety be erased if only they were educated in the importance of wearing sports bras?
There is so much at play here. The study concluded that lack of breast education is a real thing. Wearing an ill-fitting bra can lead to the kind of discomfort and fear the girls were describing. “If a woman is not wearing a bra that fits, she can experience breast pain with exercise, particularly with higher impact exercise,” Kendra McCamey, M.D., tells SELF.
But also, could the societal pressures of having large breasts and wearing “cute” or push-up bras be informing why so many teen girls do not wear sports bras to play sports?
Bottom line is: Perfect healthy bodies of all sorts of breast sizes shouldn’t keep teen girls from playing sports or participating in P.E. Hopefully, the miseducation around sports bra is handled and if your boobs bounce from sports (as long as it’s not painful for you) that’s nothing to be ashamed of!