Volleyball Sun Safety

The Association of Volleyball Professionals shares The Skin Cancer Foundation’s commitment to increasing awareness about how to prevent skin cancer and save lives. The AVP has developed the video below with the Foundation to promote skin cancer prevention on the court.

Heading to the Beach? 

What You Need to Know about Outdoor Activities and Sun Protection 

  • Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.

Prevention Guidelines for Volleyball Players

  • Don’t play in the middle of the day! Avoid playing 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun is at peak intensity.

  • Bring an umbrella and seek shade whenever possible.

  • Do not burn!

  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat! Wear a hat with a brim extending three inches or more all the way around, shading your face, neck, ears, and shoulder tops.

  • Wear sun-protective clothing! Long-sleeved shirts and long pants made with UPF-certified fabric blocks harmful UV radiation.

  • Wear UV protective sunglasses. Wear wraparound sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UV radiation, protecting the eye, eyelid, and surrounding areas.

  • Remember to protect yourself on overcast days: Up to 80 percent of the sun's UV radiation can penetrate clouds and harm your skin.

  • Apply a generous amount of water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed areas 30 minutes before heading outside. Look for a sports sunscreen formula that is designed to stay put if you sweat and won’t run into the eyes and sting. An SPF 30+ lip balm will help protect your lips.

  • Carry sunscreen with you, and reapply every two hours, immediately after sweating heavily. Look for a sunscreen with The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to frequently over-looked spots, such as the scalp (there are sunscreens designed specifically for this area), the backs of the hands and neck, and the ears.