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Sun protection times – app and widget

The free SunSmart app and widget 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.

Sun protection content for club/association newsletters and websites

This content has been designed for sport clubs and organisations to use to promote sun protection to your members. You are welcome to copy, edit and paste this information into your newsletters or add to your online communications. Where relevant, we encourage you to use your own photos that specifically relate to your sport. You may also want to use the top tips information specific to your sport on the sports page.

Slip Slop Slapping at <sport name>

With our training and competitions getting into full swing for the year, it’s important to make sure that all of our players, coaches, officials and spectators are properly protected from the sun. <Insert club/organisation name> takes sun protection seriously, and we would like our members to enjoy <sport name> while being sun safe.

Sun protection is important as nearly all skin cancers are preventable. We also know that spending extended time in the sun and getting sunburnt, especially in the first 15 years of life, increases the risk of developing skin cancer. To reduce the risk of skin damage and skin cancer, Cancer Council recommends following five SunSmart steps during sun protection times (even on cold and cloudy days):

  1. Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible – longer sleeves, higher necklines and longer style shorts and skirts.
  2. Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen should be available in the team’s kit bag and players should be encouraged to have sunscreen in their training bag.
  3. Slap on a hat – one that shades the face, neck and ears. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire hats are best for these sensitive areas. Caps do not protect the neck, ears or cheeks and are only recommended when sun-protective hats are not practical for active play.
  4. Seek shade – where possible, play/train/take breaks/watch in the shade available. If venues don’t have enough shade, consider bringing portable shade such as umbrellas and marquees and encourage spectators to bring their own shade.
  5. Slide on sunglasses. Make sure they meet the Australia Standard 1067.

Check out our sun protection policy and tips on <club website or noticeboard>

Check the sun protection times for your area via the SunSmart app, which is free on Google Play and the App Store.

For more information visit sunsmart.com.au

Reproduced from Cancer Council NSW

Windburn mythbuster

Strong wind can cause irritation, but it doesn’t actually burn your skin. The red, stinging and peeling ‘burn’ people sometimes blame on the wind is actually a result of UV damage.

UV radiation can’t be seen and can’t be felt, and it can be damaging on cool and cloudy days, as well as hot and sunny days.

Don’t get caught out. If you’re outside during sun protection times, or for extended periods during training sessions or competitions, you’ll need to use sun protection.

Remember to SLIP on covering clothing, SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, SLAP on a sun-protective hat, SEEK shade whenever possible and SLIDE on sunglasses (labelled AS1067).

Check out SunSmart’s windburn video at https://youtu.be/CQ_21frvSK8

The clock is ticking ...

While you might not be able to see it right now, UV damage adds up over time. That means all your time outdoors unprotected – all the sunburns and tans – is like a memory bank in your skin cells. The more damage in the bank, the greater your risk of skin cancer.

While you can’t undo the damage that’s been done, you can stop depositing damage. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers so don’t become a statistic.

Check the daily sun protection times for your area via the free SunSmart app <hyperlink to http://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/interactive-tools/free-sunsmart-app> and protect your skin during these times. If your training session or competition means you’re outdoors for a few hours, it’s recommended you use sun protection regardless of the UV levels and sun protection times.

Check out SunSmart’s UV. It all adds up campaign at http://www.sunsmart.com.au/about/media-campaigns/current-campaigns/uv-it-all-adds-up

Maximise our winning streak … minimise UV

You can’t be playing in top form if you’re suffering from sunburn. Make sure you use sun protection when you’re out on the field/pitch/court/in the pool to keep you match ready/competitive for all play/events.

Remember to SLIP on covering clothing, SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, SLAP on a sun-protective hat, SEEK shade whenever possible and SLIDE on sunglasses (labelled AS1067).

Don’t let the UV win. We want to!

For more information check out our sun protection policy/guidelines at <insert weblink> or visit sunsmart.com.au

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