Sun Protection in Sport

Safety guidelines &
advice to follow
this summer

Here are sun protection guidelines for those participating, spectating, or working in sport or outdoor recreation.

The following specific tips and advice have been developed using the melanoma fund sunguarding sport guidelines.

  1. Apply a broad-spectrum product with an SPF 30 or higher, paying special attention to your ears and nose, as well as other exposed areas prone to burning.
  2. Using a sunscreen applicator, stick, or cleaning palms with a small towel and alcohol gel, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip whilst playing.
  3. Include extra hydration breaks in play – drink often and preferably water as this is the best way to hydrate. Keep a reusable bottle topped up and at hand.
  4. Keep ice packs on hand to cool down quickly if needed. By placing ice packs against areas where important arteries are located, you will cool down a lot quicker. Sites such as the groin and armpits and wrists are a good place to start as this will help cool the blood and boost the flow to your muscles.
  5. Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating, or playing hard!
  6. Remember to wear a hat, especially when fielding for greater protection. Caps and visors may not provide adequate sun protection to the lower face, ears and neck but can be used in combination with sunscreen.
  7. When fielding, if the sun is in your eye try wearing wraparound sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from all angles.
  8. Ideally, wear light protective clothing. Choose garments with a tight weave as these offer the best protection.
  9. The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, look to play/train outside of these hours, particularly on clear, sunny days.
  10. On a very hot day, start your game at a slower pace and limit your warm up in duration and intensity.
  11. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start outdoor activity.
  12. Whilst spectating or waiting for play, do so in a shaded area, out of direct sunlight.
  13. Consider setting up gazebos to protect your team if there is no natural shade available.

Sun protection & safety guidelines

When being active outdoors, ensuring we are adequately sun protected is important for our health and wellness.

How to prevent overexposure to the sun