Sun Protection in Sport
Safety guidelines &
advice to follow
Here are sun protection guidelines for those participating, spectating, or working in sport or outdoor recreation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating, or playing hard!
- 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.
- When fielding, if the sun is in your eye try wearing wraparound sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from all angles.
- Ideally, wear light protective clothing. Choose garments with a tight weave as these offer the best protection.
- The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, look to play/train outside of these hours, particularly on clear, sunny days.
- On a very hot day, start your game at a slower pace and limit your warm up in duration and intensity.
- Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start outdoor activity.
- Whilst spectating or waiting for play, do so in a shaded area, out of direct sunlight.
- Consider setting up gazebos to protect your team if there is no natural shade available.