Safety in Sport
The safety of our members, participants and supporters is paramount to our organisation. Please read our advice below about staying safe when taking part in physical activity.
Staying Safe in Sport:
- Always warm up and cool down properly
- Wear all necessary protective gear
- Understand and play to the rules of the game
Staying Safe in Winter:
- Wear hi-vis on dark afternoons and at night time
- Ensure clothing is weather appropriate
- Make sure trainers have good grip
- Make sure you know transport routes in advance and are aware of cancellations
- Check weather reports before events and be aware of event changes
Staying Safe in Summer:
Being active outdoors is important for our health and wellness, as is being adequately sun protected. The Melanoma Fund has created Sunguarding Sport; a free online resource, providing easy-to-follow, educational advice on sun safety. For more information or to download the toolkit, visit: https://www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/sunguarding-sport/
Here are the campaign’s top tips for keeping sun-protected throughout the summer:
- Apply a broad-spectrum product with an SPF30 or higher, paying special attention to your ears, nose and other areas which are especially prone to burning.
- Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating.
- The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, look to play after these hours or indoors, particularly on clear, sunny days.
- Sometimes sport sessions can last longer than expected, so get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start!
- Using a sunscreen applicator, or keeping a small towel handy, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip whilst playing.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Your forehead, scalp and ears are vulnerable areas, so a hat or cap is a necessity if you’re going to be spending a lot of time under the sun.
- Wear clothing that protects arms and legs. Close-knit clothing and long sleeve tops, where appropriate, are best!
- Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water handy.
- Hands are highly exposed and vulnerable to the sun, so (where appropriate) look to wearing gloves for extra protection.
- Whilst spectating or waiting for play do so in a shaded area out of direct sunlight.