While playing sports and training outdoors is great for fitness levels, being exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays is not. Studies on the subject highlight that athletes of certain disciplines are at greater risk of developing Skin Cancer, as well as other skin problems, such as Sunburn, Sun Damage and Sun Spots. Luckily, this risk can be reduced by taking extra care when out in the sun.
To help you do just that, The Harley Medical Group has produced this infographic about safe sport in the sun. Our many sun safety tips for sportspeople include advice such as staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, as well as remembering to use sunscreen even on a cloudy day.
Talking of sunscreen, did you know that you should use at least two tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your entire body, in addition to two teaspoons’ worth on exposed areas? If applied correctly, that means an athlete can get through around 125ml of sunscreen during a long outdoors game & that’s a fair amount!
There are other means of protecting yourself from the sun, which include choosing your clothing wisely and looking after your eyes ‘ so read on to find out how sports people can best protect themselves in the sun.
Check out our infographic below