A novel method to find the neutral position of the breast

KNIGHT, Miranda, WHEAT, Jon, DRISCOLL, Heather and HAAKE, Steve (2014). A novel method to find the neutral position of the breast. Procedia Engineering, 72, 20-25.

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Breast pain affects up to 70% of the female population. It is believed that stretching of the breast tissue causes discomfort and that by placing the breast into a position in which the tissue is neither in compression or tension (termed neutral position) will eliminate breast pain. The purpose of the study was to find a simple method that could be used to determine the location of the neutral position. One participant with a breast size of 34C performed three activities. The breast and torso movement were tracked using four retroreflective markers. The results suggest that the counter-movement jump was the most appropriate method as it forced the breast to oscillate from tension in the upper-side of the breast to tension in the under-side of the breast. The neutral position was found to be -129 ± 6 mm below the suprasternal notch, which was located 14 mm above the resting height of the breast. It was concluded that the first role of a bra is to lift the breast above the static position to cause more symmetrical oscillations about the neutral position.

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Published in special issue : The Engineering of Sport 10. Edited by David James, Simon Choppin, Tom Allen, Jon Wheat and Paul Fleming.

Paper from The 2014 Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, held at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, 14-17 July 2014

Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.007
Page Range: 20-25
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 08:57
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:25
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8185

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