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Sports Bras Are A Must For Active Teens

Updated 18 February 2022.

Hi, it’s Amy from Sports Bras Direct here. In this article I want to talk to you about why sports bras are a must for active teens.

These days there are many activities for young girls to participate in. For many of these activities a specific team uniform or specialised sporting equipment is required. However, there is one piece of equipment that should be a priority for all active female teenagers. A good sports bra!

Young girls develop at different ages and there can be a vast difference in the rate of breast growth. Every girl’s experience is different, and this must be taken into consideration when buying a great sports bra. A 12-year-old with a smaller bra size will generally want to wear a bra of a different style as compared to a larger busted 16-year-old.

However, what all girls with developing breasts do have in common is the need to help protect their delicate breast tissue. Especially during exercise. Sports crops and sports bras with adjustable straps are designed to do just that.

Surveys of teenagers and young adults have also found that girls can become self-conscious of their developing breasts. This in turn often stops them participating in sporting activities. Especially if they experience tender breasts or feel like they are getting in the way.

Wearing a sports bra can make a girl feel more comfortable and confident in her body. And in turn more likely to participate in sporting activities. A great outcome!

Main Benefits of a Sports Bra for a Teenager:

  • Help protect sensitive and developing breasts.
  • Greater support for her breasts. Helping reduce breast tenderness that many girls experience.
  • Improved confidence. As she can focus on the activity and not worry about breast movement.
  • Improved performance. The right impact sports bra will support her breasts.

Things to Consider When Buying Sports Bras for Teenagers:

  • Teenager girls can feel uncomfortable being measured for a bra in a shop. Especially if she has a large bust size. Help her to measure at home instead. Check out our online fitting room to help determine her size.
  • Growing breasts can be sensitive and easily irritated. So, look for soft materials and smooth styles.
  • Some girls are more self-conscious about their changing bodies and prefer a sports bra with lining or light modesty padding.
  • Some girl’s breasts can change in size or shape during their menstrual cycle. Many girls find they prefer different styles of sports bras and everyday bras at different times in their cycle.
  • Removable padding can be helpful if one breast is bigger than the other, which is very common in developing teenagers.
  • If your teenager has only recently started to wear a cup-sized bra it is best to stick to a wirefree sports bra.  Sports bras are designed to fit snugly to give plenty of support and they may find the underwire too uncomfortable. Some studies have also shown non-wired bras are better for developing breasts.
  • Some teenagers prefer crop style sports bras. This is a good option for smaller breasts as they can offer sufficient support plus some room to grow.
  • If your teenager is generally active at school, plays sports at lunchtime etc, it may be best to find sports bra that are suitable to wear all day under their uniform or sports tank top.
  • Consider the recommended level of activity for a particular bra as they do not all offer the same level of support.
  • Once you find a sports bra, she loves…buy several.  This allows rotation between activities, practice sessions and being washed.

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My Final Thoughts

I think we can all agree sports bras are a must for active teenagers. Soft, wirefree styles that will support their developing and sensitive breasts are best.

Take the time to find the style and fit that best suit your daughter and you will be rewarded by her increased confidence and willingness to participate in activities.

Yours in support

Amy x

Amy Jaffers

Amy is the face behind Sports Bras Direct, Australia’s largest sports bra website. She's a mother of two, outdoors lover and sports bra expert. Her life mission is to help active women get the support they need as well as assisting women in need through her charitable donations.

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