Sun protection guidelines for those participating, spectating, or working in sport or outdoor recreation. The following specific tips and advice have been developed with the help of the England & Wales Cricket Board.
- Apply a broad-spectrum product with an SPF 30 or higher, paying special attention to your ears and nose, as well as other exposed areas prone to burning.
- Using a sunscreen applicator, stick, or cleaning palms with a small towel and alcohol gel, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip whilst playing.
- Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating, or playing hard!
- Remember to wear a cap, and when fielding a brimmed hat which offers greater protection.
- After the batting helmet comes off, remember to reapply sunscreen (it will be wiped off) and top off with a wide-brim hat.
- Fielding but the sun is in your eye? Wear wraparound sunglasses keep your eyes safe from all angles.
- Wear light clothing that protects arms and legs. Consider flipping the collar up on tops for added protection, and using sun sleeves which provide flexibility when pitching and bowling.
- The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, look to play/train outside of these hours, particularly on clear, sunny days.
- Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start outdoor activity.
- Whilst spectating or waiting for play do so in a shaded area, out of direct sunlight.
- Consider setting up gazebos to protect your team if there is no natural shade available.
The following specific tips and advice have been developed with the help of the England & Wales Cricket Board.