Don't Overdo the Sun

By: Ryan Vogel MHSA, AT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer at Leslie High School
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists

One thing both athletes and spectators need to remember to account for as they begin to go outside for double headers and track invitationals this spring is sun exposure and properly protecting themselves from the sun.  Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays will not only cause sunburn which can cause discomfort for a few days, but will also increase the chances of developing skin cancer later on in life. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world and in the US alone around five million people are treated for skin cancer each year. It has been documented in numerous studies that continued exposure to harmful UV rays both in the sun and in cloudy conditions will increase the chances of developing health issues later on in life.

There are several simple ways in which people can protect themselves from harmful sun exposure and lessen the chances of them developing negative health issues. One of the most common ways to protect your skin is by applying sunscreen. Recommendations for sunscreen suggest to apply sunscreen half an hour before exposure at the beginning and to re-apply every two hours, while outside. Utilizing hats, umbrellas, and other items to shade the head and body from the sun are also recommended, while being outside. These suggestions are simple, but they will go a long way in protecting the skin and body from the sun.

Ryan is the Certified Athletic Trainer at Leslie High School and can be reached at: ryanatc@orsmi.com