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Athletes need sun protection

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A bright sun and warm weather is a great opportunity for athletes to practice their sports outside, even if their sport is ordinarily an indoor sport. By having organized practices outdoors, teams can save money on gym rental. Players can work on their skills more every day to prepare for their regular seasons.

During the extended period outside, athletes need to be careful of sunburn and sun poisoning, which is an extreme case of sunburn.

Some athletes may be able to seek out a shady spot to practice in. If there is no choice but to practice in the sun, another option is to wear long sleeve-shirts, long pants, and a baseball cap to avoid sunburn. However, these options are often difficult to wear in the extreme heat. Coolibar makes multiple gloves and sleeves that allow people to remain cool, but still be protected from the sun.

The most popular option is using sunscreen. The most common mistake is putting it on once and then not reapplying it throughout the day. It needs to be reapplied every 1-2 hours. .

Health.howstuffworks.com explained the differences in Sun Protection Factor (SPF):

  • SPF 15 - blocks 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 - blocks 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 - blocks 98% of UVB rays

The best sunscreens for athletes are those that are listed as sweat-resistant and/or water-resistant because athletes do not want to sweat off the sunscreen.

Coppertone Sport Accuspray is great because it is water resistant for approximately 80 minutes and it comes in different SPFs.

Eyes also need protection from the sun because Ultraviolent A light, Ultraviolent B light, High-Energy Visible Light (HEV light), and Blue Light are extremely dangerous. Ultraviolent A and B lights cause cancer and cataracts. The HEV light can also causes cataracts as well as eye deformities. Blue light can damage the retina.

To prevent exposing the eyes to these dangerous elements of the sun, wrap-around sunglasses can be worn when practicing and competing.

These are a safer option than regular sunglasses because they frames extend to the left and right sides of the face for peripheral vision. The glasses are also shaped to the form of the face to prevent them from flying off. For added protection athletes can attach a strap to the back of the glasses.

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