While summer is the highest risk time, skin damage from the sun can happen throughout the year. Outdoor sport and recreation activities usually happen during the high UV radiation risk period of the day (10am-2pm and 11am-3pm daylight saving time).
Many activities take place in environments in which there is little or no shade and high levels of UV radiation are reflected from surfaces such as cement, sand or water.
Australian children are particularly at risk – they love their sport and outdoor activities, but exposure to UV radiation in childhood and adolescence is a key risk factor for developing skin cancer later on.
Safety and responsibility
Every organisation involved in conducting sport and recreation events has a legal responsibility to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved – competitors, officials and spectators. Providing a safe environment includes protecting people from the harmful effects of UV radiation.