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Supporting female performance in sport and fitness
Supporting female performance in sport and fitness

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Session 5: Breast health and choosing the correct breast support


The image shows a female hockey player. She is holding a hockey stick across her body and is ready to receive the hockey ball.

Everyone feeling comfortable out there on the pitch and in themselves is incredibly important, both as a female in general, but also as a female in sport.

(Hannah Martin, GB hockey)
The image shows the GB international javelin thrower Goldie Sayers. Her right shoulder is extended and she is ready to throw the javelin.

If I forgot my sports bra, forget it, I just wouldn't compete. That's how integral it is to my performance.

(Goldie Sayers, Javelin)

The need for coaches to better understand the female body is now being recognised, and as the quotes above indicate, the issue of breast health can be a significant factor in sport and exercise participation for women. This session will give an overview of the importance of coaches and trainers in understanding breast health, and will explore the challenges women face and the solutions available.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • build coaches’ and trainers’ confidence to address issues of breast health with athletes
  • recognise the challenges female athletes face with breast support
  • understand breast anatomy and breast biomechanics
  • identify breast support needs for different women and different sports.