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J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2011 Jun;9(6):470-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2011.07660.x. Epub 2011 Apr 13.

How to guarantee adequate sun protection for a young sportsperson.

[Article in English, German]

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Young male athletes involved in sports like soccer are subject to sun exposure which can often be intense because of the timing and duration of their practice time.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

The goal of this work was to study using a spectrophoto-metric method what level of sun protection was provided by the various articles of clothing which make up a standard soccer uniform, as well as by the cosmetics used by fan clubs.

RESULTS:

We were able to demonstrate that the sports clothing does guarantee a good level of protection for the skin areas covered.

CONCLUSIONS:

Depending on the type of clothing, the level of sun protection will vary greatly, with UPF values ranging from 30 for a T-shirt to 300 for a club shirt. This type of protection is higher than that obtained by sun creams and does not change over time.

© The Authors • Journal compilation © Blackwell Verlag GmbH, Berlin.

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