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Breasts In The Sports World

Sep 10, 2013

You could argue that two trends are in a state of modern collision. Women are hitting puberty earlier than they used to, and their breasts are arriving in larger sizes.  There's a complex matrix of factors making this happen.

Average bra size in the fifties was a B. A British bra manufacturer now makes an L cup. Meanwhile, we're watching an explosion in women's sports driven here in the U.S. at least partly by Title IX.

Why are these two things on a collision course?

Venus Williams.
Credit EdwinMartinez1, Flickr Creative Commons

Because large breasts are a detriment in just about any sport you can think of: from tennis to mixed martial arts. But nobody ever talked about this -- except in the most salacious terms -- until ESPN - The Magazine recently tackled it.

So today, a little on the history of breasts and breast size, and a lot about breasts and sports.

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  • Florence Williams - author of “Breasts: A Natural & Unnatural History”, which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize earlier this year
  • Amanda Hess - Freelance writer based in Los Angeles
  • Megan Greenwell - Senior Editor at ESPN The Magazine