Many popular sports experience their highest participation rates between September and April, when the UV reaches damaging levels in Victoria. During these months, sun protection is required when the UV reaches 3 and above.
In Victoria from May to August, when UV is below 3, sun protection generally isn't required when exercising or playing sport. In fact this is a good time to go without sun protection to get a safe level of UV exposure to help with vitamin D levels, unless you are near highly reflective surfaces like snow or spending extended periods outdoors (e.g. training for or competing in endurance events).
Sun protection policy
SunSmart can help sports clubs to develop and promote a sun protection policy. To create your own UV protection policy, download the sample SunSmart Sports Policy .
A good UV policy should:
- provide or encourage participants and officials to wear sun-protective clothing as part of the team uniform and during training sessions
- promote the use of SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. If possible, some clubs may even consider having a supply on site
- run information sessions for club members and coaches about skin cancer and sun protection.
- promote and use the sun protection times by adding the widget onto the club's website
- schedule training times, competitions and outdoor events outside the daily sun protection times when possible – especially those scheduled for the middle of the day
- promote sun protection during the course of the event or game
- plan and provide shade and encourage players and spectators to take advantage of shade from buildings and trees.
- encourage players and spectators to come to events with sunscreen, clothing, shade, hats and sunglasses
- encourage club ‘sports stars', coaches and club officials to be sun protection role models.