Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Speed of breast movement linked to breast pain

29.05.2008
The speed at which breasts move during exercise could be key to understanding breast pain, according to an expert at the University of Portsmouth.

Sports scientist, Dr Joanna Scurr, who is setting up Britain’s first Research Group for Breast Health, is undertaking a ground breaking study looking at the impact of the velocity and force the breast is under when it moves. She believes that damage to breast tissue is much more likely to relate to the speed the breast moves rather than the amount of movement itself.

“It’s not the degree of movement which is important but how fast it moves,” said Dr Scurr, who is presenting her research at the annual conference at the American College of Sports Medicine this week.

Dr Scurr studied over 100 women running on a treadmill with sensors attached to their breasts. She measured the distance travelled by the breasts and calculated the speed at which they moved up and down, in and out and from side to side.

Dr Scurr said: “We discovered that the speed at which the breasts move changes during the running cycle. And we found that the subjects’ experienced the greatest degree of pain and discomfort during the points at which the breast was in the process of accelerating or decelerating.

“Little is understood about the causes of breast pain but studying how and why the breast moves is fundamental and speed could be a huge factor. This research could have implications for millions of women who suffer from exercise-related breast pain and could have significant implications for bra design.”

Dr Scurr, who has built up an international reputation for her work on sports-related breast movement, has set up what is believed to be Britain’s first Research Group for Breast Health which will be based at the University of Portsmouth.

“The group will utilise expertise across a range of fields and promote research into breast health from a biomechanical, physiological and clinical perspective with the aim of improving our knowledge in this field,” said Dr Scurr.

“Breast health is an under-researched area and we hope to broaden our understanding, raise awareness of an important quality of life issue and establish a centre of excellence here within the department of Sport and Exercise Science.”

Lisa Egan | alfa
Further information:
http://www.port.ac.uk

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht One gene closer to regenerative therapy for muscular disorders
01.06.2017 | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

nachricht The gut microbiota plays a key role in treatment with classic diabetes medication
01.06.2017 | University of Gothenburg

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?

23.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

23.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Equipping form with function

23.06.2017 | Information Technology

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>