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The 'jockstrap' that revolutionised women's sports

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Posted: 11/05/22 - 13:32
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The modern day sports bra began life as a jockstrap.

It was the summer of 1977 and Lisa Lindahl, a University of Vermont graduate student, was swept up in the running boom, jogging 30 miles every week.

The running was straightforward. Her underwear was not.

"The only uncomfortable part was no adequate breast support," she said.

Lindahl, then 28, tried binding herself with an elastic bandage, and going braless, before eventually settling on a regular bra, one size too small. The struggle for chest support fed a running joke with her sister: why isn't there a jockstrap for women?

But, as the admission of Lindahl and her two co-inventors to the US National Inventors Hall of Fame proves, the sports bra was a serious innovation. And it came amid a revolution in women's sport.

I Call True: Interesting that it was her husband mucking around with a jockstrap stuck to his chest that created this idea!

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4 Comments
15 days
3 upvotes
I didn't realise they were such a new invention
15 days
3 upvotes
Amazing that it took until 1977 to see that this was a must have for ladies everywhere
16 days
3 upvotes
Like anything someone spotted a gap in the market and exploited it. Well done as it was much needed.
16 days
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Crazy that 45 years ago there was no such thing as a sports bra