SunSmart tips for Cricketers
Every smart cricket player knows you do your best and enjoy the game more if you are properly prepared. But good preparation doesn’t just mean lots of practice. Full preparation means ensuring you are protected from the sun before you go out to play.
Cricketers are at a high risk of sunburn due to the intensity of the sun outdoors and for the fact many matches are scheduled during the peak UV period. Sunburn is not only painful, it can lead to skin damage such as wrinkling, blotchiness and discolouration. It can also lead to skin cancer.
If you are not protected, it can take as little as 12 minutes of exposure to the sun for skin damage to occur.
At present, half of all Australians will develop some form of skin cancer. Each year 270,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed. 1000 people will die annually from what is considered an ‘almost totally preventable cancer’.
Skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the sun’s rays. UV cannot be felt or seen–it is different to infra red radiation which affects temperature–and it is present in the sun’s rays all year round.
To avoid sunburn and to lower your risk of developing skin cancer, follow these simple precautions:
Slip on a long sleeved shirt with a collar. It’s actually cooler to wear loose-fitting long sleeves in the field than exposing your bare skin to the sun’s rays.
Slop on some SPF 30+ sunscreen before heading out to play or practice. By applying 20 minutes before going out onto the field you can ensure your hands aren’t slippery and you will get a better grip on the ball. And don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
Slap on a broad-brimmed cricket hat — and keep it on. There’s nothing worse than trying to roll the arm over after a dose of sunburn on the back of the neck. To bowl or bat your best you need to be able to move freely and not be constricted by soreness caused by sunburn.
By following these simple tips you won’t get caught out this summer. For further information on sun protection or skin cancer, contact the SunSmart Hotline on 9635 5303 or visit www.sunsmart.com.au