Training in the Sun

We love training outdoors, but excessive UV exposure increases the risk factors for melanoma.  Therefore the following tips can help our athletes to reduce this risk:

  • Be UV wise: Limit outdoors training to early mornings and late evenings.

  • Use adequate clothing: Cover your skin with comfortable clothing, ensuring that the UPF fabric provides sufficient protection.

  • Cover your eyes: Select a pair of UV sunglasses that can cover the side of the face to achieve the best protection.

  • Choose sunscreen wisely: Select your sunscreen not only based on SPF but also on long-lasting protection.

  • Skin self-examination: A monthly head-to-toe evaluation is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for the early detection of skin lesions.

Be SunSmart at UV3+

Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes wrinkles and skin and eye damage, ultimately leading to skin cancer.

UV cannot be seen or felt. It is not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel. Our senses cannot detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing.

The free SunSmart app tells you when sun protection is recommended for your location using forecast information from the Bureau of Meteorology website and live UV data from ARPANSA.

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