Coaching Up SunCare

Being a coach is a lot more than x’s and o’s. Beyond getting your team prepared for the next game and helping them to hone their skills as people as well as athletes, you are responsible for their well being. The same reason why a coach won’t let a quarterback play without a helmet, is the same reason coaches shouldn’t let their players risk harmful exposure to the sun.

When you hear the word SunCare you might not see what it means to coaches, but it should mean responsibility. Regardless of whether or not you are a coach at the high school level, or even at the pro level, you should always be worried about the health and well being of your players. Their skin health is no exception.

Each day sports are played outdoors. Whether it be a sport like football which is played in the fall, or track and field which is a summer sport, any sport outdoors is subject to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Even on a cloudy day the sun is still exposing your skin to harmful UV rays.

As a coach, it is your responsibility to make sure that your players exhibit proper SunCare. Without it they are running the risk of not just having the aging effects of the sun, but also putting themselves in harms way of skin cancer.

Making sure your players apply the proper SunCare to their skin before and during the game, if necessary, will make sure that they don’t sustain a long term issue with their health.

Your players deserve a chance to be educated about the ill effects of the sun and should be given the opportunity to protect themselves. As the coach you can make that happen, but you have to be responsible enough to do so. Are you?

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