There are various types of sports bra available in the market. The best sports bra is one that enables you to lead an active lifestyle in comfort and with minimal chance of injury and the type that a woman will need will depend on their activity level.
Sports bras are rated base on activities with low impact, medium impact, and high impact.
There are three basic types of construction for workout bras.
1. Compression Bra – Compression sports bras work best for low- to medium-impact activities. They typically pull over your head and compress the breasts against the chest wall to restrict movement. They do not have cups built into the design
2. Encapsulation Bra – use individual cups to surround and support each breast separately. There is no compression in these bras making them generally best for low-impact activities such as walking or strength training.
3. Compression/Encapsulation – These bras provide more support than compression or encapsulation alone, making them generally best for high-impact activities such as running or aerobics. It is common to find sports bras that have a combination of compression and encapsulation to provide a supportive and comfortable fit.
Features Of Sports Bra
Band: The support of a bra comes from the band. Your bra should have a band that is snug and parallel to the ground. Go for the Wide bands as they are more supportive than narrow bands.
Shoulder straps: Bra straps should provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement. The Wide straps ones better disperse the weight and offer greater comfort than narrow ones.
Adjustable straps: these will allow you customize the fit and are often found on encapsulation style sports bras.
Back closure: Bras with back closure are easier to get on and off and more adjustable than a pullover style. Many sports bras pull on over your head, and it can sometimes be a struggle to take off after a workout.
On a new sports bra, the band should fit snugly on the first hook so it can be tightened to the second or third hook as the bra stretches out.
Underwire: An underwire bra is usually flexible and moves with your body to help prevent injuries. It supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement. The underwire should lay flat against the rib cage and below the breast tissue and should not poke or pinch.
Wicking fabrics: Wicking kind fabric remove moisture from your skin and keep you comfortable and cool. But note that the more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its construction.