Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Exercise and Your Breasts


It is very common - and completely normal - for one breast to be slightly larger than the other. Normal nipples may be inverted, everted or flat and have a few hairs. However, if you are not pregnant or lactating, any breast discharge is abnormal and should be brought to the attention of your physician.

Common breast injuries

Nipple burn, caused by abrasion of clothing, can result in painful blisters and bleeding. It occurs in men as well as women.

To prevent abrasion, apply a lubricant, such as Vaseline, and cover the nipple with a Band-Aid or gauze pad anchored with porous paper tape. Commercial products such as Second Skin or Nu Skin are also effective.

Bicyclists can get a painful cold-induced nipple injury resulting from the combination of perspiration and wind chill. This can be prevented by wearing evaporative materials in bras and clothing, plus layers of insulation and a windbreaking jacket.

Cotton and cotton/polyester bras may aggravate nipple burn. Cotton/polypropylene seamless bras work best to facilitate sweat evaporation and limit chafing.

Any nipple injury can easily become infected and should be treated with a soothing antibiotic cream.

Internal bleeding is another common breast injury. It is usually caused by a direct blow in contact or racquet sports or by impact with the ball in games like softball and soccer.

Discontinue play if you suspect internal bleeding in the breast. Promptly apply an ice pack and compressive dressing (such as an Ace bandage wrapped around the chest). Carefully clean any break in the skin with an antibiotic solution such as Betadine.

What should you do if you think your injury needs stitches?

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