Tennis players spend a lot of time under the sun and this is why these athletes need to protect themselves from sunburns and the long-term health risks caused by the sun’s harmful rays.
Taking steps to prevent sun damage is just as important as proper training and nutrition. Here are some tips to protect your skin from the sun without sacrificing performance.
Be conscious of what you wear.
Clothing is very important in the battle against the sun’s harmful rays. While all clothes provide at least some protection, there are materials you should look for that give better protection
Look for clothes with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor. The UPF rating tells you how well the material shields your skin from UV rays.
Choose a good SPF50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is the most effective way to protect exposed skin from the sun. Apply a generous coat of water-resistant or sport-formulated sunscreen for at least 15 minutes before you start your game. Don’t be fooled by cloudy days, as it is just as important to wear your SPF50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen in these conditions.
To ensure wearing sunscreen does not impact your performance, choose a sunscreen that is easy to rub in and does not leave a greasy residue on your hands, eliminating slip grip. Make sure you re-apply your sunscreen every two to three hours, especially in extreme heat conditions. It is important to ensure that all exposed skin is covered so if you have difficulty reaching some hard-to-get-at areas, ask a friend to help.
Other important areas to protect
Whenever possible you should wear a broad-brimmed hat as this will help protect a larger area of your face, ears and neck. (Still apply sunscreen to these areas). You should also wear an SPF50 lip gloss as your lips are prone to cracking when exposed to the sun for long periods. Also, try and wear 100% UV protection sunglasses as the sun’s rays can be damaging to your eyes.
Sunscreen in your eyes.
If you apply your sunscreen correctly at least 20 minutes before you play, there is a decreased chance the sunscreen will run into your eyes and sting. If you sweat a lot, you may want to try rubbing some Vaseline across your eyebrows which will help keep the combination of sweat and sunscreen running into your eyes.
When to Take a Break.
Try and limit the time you spend in the sun. If possible, move to a shaded area at regular intervals to get some respite from being in the sun.
Do not stay in the sun if you feel you have sunburn. You should go to a shaded area, cover your skin and keep the affected area cool. Make sure you drink plenty of water. You should seek advice from a chemist or doctor if you feel the burn needs treatment.