Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Get Involved

These studies are carried out by The Research Group in Breast Health, headed by Professor Joanna Scurr. Read more about the research group on our Breast Health website.

We are always seeking volunteers to take part in our research studies. These studies are often interesting and provide an insight in to the work we undertake. The requirements for participating vary for each study, for instance, some studies will require you to undertake daily activity or others, prolonged exercise. Similarly, some of our research may require a single visit to the laboratory, whereas others may require multiple visits. Our research involves the recruitment of female participants only and usually a small amount of money or gifts are available for volunteers to cover their expenses.

If you would like to get involved, would like to be added to our database of potential volunteers, or would like to discuss our research in greater detail, then please contact

A number of our facilities are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy.

See below studies that you can participate in to help us with our research.

Call for participants

Sports Bra Focus Group

Bra Fitting
  • Do you regularly wear a sports bra for exercise?
  • Are you aged between 25 - 35 years? 
  • Are you a 34E bra size? *

*If you are unsure of your bra size we provide a professional bra fit

We are running a focus group to investigate your sports bra preferences, such as 'what do you look for in a sports bra?' 'what aspects are most important to you?' This is a fantastic opportunity to directly inform the products of the sports bra company we are working with.

The focus group will be 2 hours in duration and will be held on either 7th or 8th February (TBC based on attendee availability). For your time you will receive a £30 Gunwharf Quays gift card!

If you would like to express your interest or to find out more please email Brogan Horler by Friday 26th January 2018.

Posture Study


The Research Group in Breast Health are recruiting for a study that aims to assess the effectiveness of posture bras on changing posture. We are looking for women who are:

  • bra size 34D/32DD
  • aged 18 - 39 years
  • able to walk on a treadmill
  • available to attend two testing sessions three months apart

Testing will involve a bra fit from a trained fitter then standing, sitting and walking whilst your posture and breast motion is recorded in a range of conditions (no bra, a range of existing bras and a prototype posture bra). The first testing session will last approximately 2 hours and the second will last approximately 1 hour.

Ethics reference number SFEC 2016-078

You will receive £40 for completing this study.

For more information, please contact:

Bra Services Study

bra fit

Do you wear bras? Do you feel your bra needs are not being met? Are you struggling to find appropriate bras? Do you experience breast pain?

We are currently running a questionnaire about bras and a potential bra service they can provide. The Research group are looking for females aged 18 years and over to complete the questionnaire.

There is no obligation for you to complete this questionnaire but by completing it you could help us to develop a service to provide breast health and bra advice. The questionnaire is anonymous and data will be kept securely. The questionnaire should take around 5 minutes of your time.

Complete the Bra Services questionnaire here

Please contact us for any further information about the study:

implant study

Breast implant study

Help us understand if your breast implants have long term health benefits.

We are looking for females who:

  • Are aged 18 - 39 years
  • Have or are scheduled to have B-lite or standard mass breast implants
  • Can run on a treadmill

You will receive a £50 Amazon gift card for attending testing as well as up to £45 to cover your travel costs to Portsmouth.

Not had your implants yet? Earn £90 and a £100 Amazon voucher

This project is sponsored by G&G  biotechnology Ltd. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information please complete this form.

sports bra study

Sports Bra Testing

We regularly provide scientific bra testing services to help brands all over the world to develop the best possible products. To test these products, we are looking for females who:

  • Are aged between 18 and 39 years old
  • Bra size 32-36 B-E 
  • Regularly exercising and able to run on a treadmill at a moderate speed for up to two minutes at a time
  • If you are unsure of your bra size we provide a professional bra fit
  • Testing sessions should take no longer than 90 minutes. 
  • We can offer you £15 for your time

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please email Brogan Horler or drop into the University of Portsmouth, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Spinnaker Building, Room 1.02 , Cambridge Road, PO1 2ER.

Multi-Level Breast Support and Shape Study

Multi-Level Breast Support

The Research Group in Breast Health are currently recruiting females for a multi-level study investigating the effect of breast support during treadmill walking and running, along with the measurement of breast shape and bra fit.

This study is comprised of two parts and participants can concurrently complete both Part 1 and Part 2 within a single testing session (if they meet both criteria’s provided below). Alternatively participants may choose to complete either Part 1 or Part 2 individually.

Part 1 – Breast Support Study
(Duration: 1.5 hours max)

Participants must be:

  • Age 18 -39, 
  • Size 32-40 E-G,
  • Able to walk/run on a treadmill at a moderate speed for up to a minute at a time,
  • Comfortable sitting in warm water (your head and face will not be underwater).

Ethics Reference Number : SFEC 2015-032

Part 2 – Breast Shape and Bra Fit Study

(Duration: 1 hour max)

Participants must be:

  • Age 18 – 39, 
  • Size 30-40 B-G,

You will receive £15 pounds for completing Part 1 and £30 for completing Part 2.

Ethics Reference Number : SFEC 2016-124

If you are interested in further information about the above study please contact: