The Army Is Developing a New Sports Bra to Measure Performance


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

The Army issues a wide range of uniform components, save for one essential—bras. Attempts to develop a “tactical women’s undergarment” have been made in the past, but the idea was passed over as it was unfit for much of the female soldier population.

Now, one of the designers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Ashley Cushon, is working on developing an undergarment that will both support and measure the performance of female soldiers. The project has been named BAMBI – Biometric Algorithm Monitoring Brassiere Integration.

Prototype testing will require soldiers to be connected to a Holter monitor that will measure Heat Strain Index, heart rate, and core temperature to help predict things like fatigue, exhaustion, and heat stroke, which may lead to increased casualties.

Previously, tests were only conducted on men due to fit issues of the vest that houses the sensors.

To ensure that the new performance sports bra is sized accurately, Cushon’s team will use 3-D scans and measurements taken from a 2012 survey.

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