Skin Protection Tips for Outdoor Athletes
Spring tournaments mean long hours in the sun.
While time in the sun is a positive experience, many athletes forget to consider the detrimental effect it can have on human skin.
An athlete participating in a spring tournament can spend as many as 24 hours in the sun during a single weekend. With that much exposure to sunlight, the risk for harm to the skin is great. And overcast days don’t eliminate the hazard - up to 80 percent of UV rays can penetrate clouds, making those days just as dangerous.
As outdoor athletes, it is critical for individuals to make sun protection a priority and a daily habit. Below are a few tips to help you accomplish that.
1.) Do not burn. The risk of melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than five sunburns over the course of a lifetime.
2.) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications – such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) - make you extra sensitive to the sun. If you use such medications for your aches and pains, be vigilant about protecting your skin.