Sunguarding – Blind sport

Sun protection guidelines for those participating, spectating, or working in sport or outdoor recreation. The following specific tips have been developed with the help of British Blind Sport.

Blind sport

  1. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen generously and re-apply on all exposed skin every couple of hours. Choose a sunscreen labelled SPF 30 or higher and a 5-star UVA rating.
  2. Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating.
  3. Hands are vulnerable to UV damage, so ensure you reapply sunscreen after frequent washing.
  4. Wrap-around sunglasses are great for all outdoor activity. They are secure and will help to block UV rays from the sides, fully protecting eyes.
  5. The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, look to play around these hours, particularly on clear, sunny days.
  6. Sport sessions can often last longer than expected, so get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start.
  7. Using a sunscreen applicator, or keeping a small towel handy, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip.
  8. Your forehead, scalp and ears are vulnerable areas, so ideally wear a brimmed hat, or a cap, however, ensure ears and neck are protected.
  9. Wear clothing that protects arms and legs. Tight weave clothing and long sleeve tops, where appropriate, are best!
  10. Stay hydrated by always keeping a bottle of water handy and sipping it regularly.
  11. Whilst spectating or waiting for play, do so in a shaded area out of direct sunlight.

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