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    Chest protection after a double mastectomy

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    A really good friend is has had a double mastectomy 4 weeks ago and will be having reconstructive surgery in the new year. Shes gotta long way to go before she can ride again but one of the things shes concerned with is protection in the chest area. What are her options? Shes a trail rider and shes concerned with impacts from if/when she crashes. Would a downhill style chest protector vest or jacket help or are there better options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarwes View Post
    Would a downhill style chest protector vest or jacket help or are there better options?
    I'm going not to pretend to know what would work post-mastectomy or post-reconstruction, but I would be worried that most DH style chest protectors would be both uncomfortable and rough on what I suspect would be pretty tender tissue. Most DH chest protectors are more like hard armor with straps between. I would suggest looking at paintball protectors. They are like an Underarmor shirt with built-in padding. Might be way more comfortable and as they are like a shirt, they seem like they would place less pressure on tender tissues.

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    I'd also ask in the Women's Lounge forum too.

    Best of luck to your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    I'd also ask in the Women's Lounge forum too.

    Best of luck to your friend.
    Oh good call.. Thanks..

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    Might want to consider women hockey shoulder pads. In the past they used to have some extra built in protection for women’s needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jarwes View Post
    This has been cross posted in the rider down section

    A really good friend is has had a double mastectomy 4 weeks ago and will be having reconstructive surgery in the new year. Shes gotta long way to go before she can ride again but one of the things shes concerned with is protection in the chest area. What are her options? Shes a trail rider and shes concerned with impacts from if/when she crashes. Would a downhill style chest protector vest or jacket help or are there better options?
    She should take her doctor's advice as to what point a blow to the chest would be unlikely to cause damage the operative site. After that point, chest protection would likely not be necessary.

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