Sun Awareness

Sun Awareness

As we head towards the summer months, fingers crossed, we are all hoping for long spells of sun and more opportunities to play tennis

Playing tennis can mean spending hours in the sun. Make sure to protect your skin with these helpful tips:

 What are UV rays?

Ultraviolet radiation is the portion of the sun’s rays responsible for skin damage, which may lead to skin cancer. UV rays are worse in the spring and summer and can be increased by reflection for pavements and tennis courts. The UV index lets you know how strong UV rays are on a given day.

What is sun protection?

To protect yourself from UV rays, use sunblock, wear a wide-brimmed hat or shirts and sunglasses that block 99 percent of UV rays.

When do I need sun protection?

You should always wear some form of sun protection. You can get sunburned on overcast days and in cold weather.

What type of sunblock is best?

Broad spectrum lotion that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Use a minimum of 30 SPF and make sure sunscreen is fresh; it usually expires after two years. 

When do I apply sunblock?

A minimum of 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun, so that it is most effective. And make sure to reapply every two hours or more often as needed.

What else can I do to play safely?

Make sure you are properly hydrated 

The number one rule is to keep hydrated. I’m extreme heat you should be hydrating before and after a match.

 Take breaks between games

Always take the maximum break between games and make sure to rehydrate and reapply sun protection.

Stop if temperatures are too high

Don’t be too proud to stop a match if the heat is too much.

For more details on sun awareness look at our Sun Awareness Policy (see Membership Page).