Hi friends! It’s here!!
The sports bra is finally here. You’ll finally get to know how a sports bra can be modified to reduce breast pain. It wasn’t easy to do and there will for sure be a few errors and malfunctions as it’s only the beta version, but a little creativity from a physics student can never hurt!
Abstract: Every woman deserves to exercise comfortably. I’m sure every lady with a pair of somewhat heavy breasts has always wanted to run with less discomfort from their bouncing breasts. There are certainly sturdy sports bras out there, but this project covers what really goes into a sturdy and comfortable sports bra, and every woman deserves to know. This beta version is definitely flawed, but this information about the physics and the bra’s cups, straps, gel grips/strips, and material should largely help women in selecting a good sports bra. The Breast Friends Forever Sports Edition Beta design was created in order to reduce the IMPULSE of the breasts, and after deriving formulas, my main two main missions are to: 1) Reduce the velocity at which the breasts move at, which can only be done by reducing the distance at which the breasts can move at, and 2) Maximize comfort by having good features and materials. The Breast Friends Forever Sports Edition Beta features: a) Excellent impulse-reducing cups, b) Sewn-in springs, c) Sturdy vertical orientation straps, and d) Silicone grips. Being only a beta version, this design hopes to largely reduce breast movement in order to prevent any discomfort, pain, and premature sagging of the breasts.
My favorite thing about this project is that it forced me to actually improve my skills of communicating my thoughts. Thinking of certain features I could incorporate into my sports bra was definitely fun and easy, but I always found myself thinking: “How is this going to help?” or “What’s the physics behind it? How am I going to back it up?” or even “How on earth will this even work in real life?”. In a way, that’s the beauty of the project, but I came across many ideas that I had to chuck because I just couldn’t find the science behind it in time. For example, I wanted the adjustable bra straps to be gel-padded, but I knew that couldn’t happen due to the thickness and stickiness of the gel, and how inconvenient it would be to wash at times. Putting things in the bigger picture surely is a difficult skill to master.
Similar to my previous project, I wasn’t realistic about my project in terms of what I wanted to do and how long I had to complete it. I’ve become less of a procrastinator this semester, but I was so focused on creating a video for another class for the entire week of May 14-19, I eventually became extremely behind schedule, and I ended up wanting to do an infographic rather than a full-fledged video. I had MOST of my research done on time and only looked up a few other things after May 12 (initial deadline), but I ended up dilly-dallying for almost an entire week since I only figured out I wanted to do a infographic on Monday, May 14 and started my infographic on Wednesday night (May 16). Here’s my previous timeline VS. what I’m doing now:
I was sick and tired of creating videos, I thought about how boring (and difficult) it would be to make my 2D bra drawings appealing to the audience, and then I thought about challenging myself by writing concisely. One of my biggest flaws is my inability to write succinct sentences and paragraphs to convey a small portion of information, and I’m sure most of my teachers can agree with that. I wanted to learn how to promote this product without rambling on and on about random facts and all the math behind my design. I wanted to try being concise, and I think I’ve done a pretty great job of doing so – it was tough, but I made it! Drawing was also very hard to do, and I wanted to do a 3D drawing, but I kept it 2D anyway because I think it’s very important that I’m the creator of what my product looks like. I had to draw my visuals on paper and then crop it on Photoshop to make it a PNG:
Despite the challenges, two key strengths I possessed that got me through this project were a) my passion and b) my curiosity. Given my immense interest in women’s health, I can not begin to describe how much I despise the fact that female adolescents and women like me can’t exercise comfortably unless we literally cup our breasts with our hands and remain like that the entire time. It’s unfair! With all the technology we have, shouldn’t this problem be uncommon? Additionally, as someone who’s worn sports bras for almost 5 years now, I was so eager to find out what a good sports bra consisted of, so I can be more aware and be careful of my sports bra selections in the future. It was quite a lot of work and pretty hard to find specific information on sports bras, but my passion and curiosity made the research and “investigations” much less strenuous.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed going on this journey with me, and I hope this infographic fascinates you. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that this beta version works!
Research sources are here in the WORKS CITED.