The effect of breast size and bra type on comfort for UK female police officers wearing body armour

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dc.contributor.author Malbon, Chris
dc.contributor.author Knock, Clare
dc.contributor.author Critchley, Richard
dc.contributor.author Carr, Debra J.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-17T14:52:03Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-17T14:52:03Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12-05
dc.identifier.citation Malbon C, Knock C, Critchley R & Carr DJ. The effect of breast size and bra type on comfort for UK female police officers wearing body armour. Applied Ergonomics, Volume 84, April 2020, Article number 103012 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 0003-6870
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2019.103012
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/14947
dc.description.abstract Within the Police service of England and Wales the wearing of ballistic and stab resistant body armour is common, with most police forces mandating its usage when away from the police station. Of all the serving police officers in England and Wales 29.1% are female (Hargreaves et al., 2017). A survey was developed and then distributed by the Police Federation of England and Wales to all servicing police officers up to the rank of Inspector. The survey returned 2633 responses after cleaning of the data. From the responses it was seen that the predominant bra type worn is underwired (71%) and the predominant UK bra size is 34B (9%). It was also determined that the predominant areas where the body armour either rubbed or caused discomfort were the left and right anterior mammary regions and the posterior lateral sacral region. By understanding the distribution of bra size, type of bra worn and areas of discomfort or rubbing it helps further understand the issues faced by female police officers and how body armour design could be improved. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Elsevier en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ *
dc.subject UK bra size en_UK
dc.subject Sports bra en_UK
dc.subject Underwired bra en_UK
dc.subject Activity en_UK
dc.title The effect of breast size and bra type on comfort for UK female police officers wearing body armour en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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