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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 Aug;53(2):237-41.

Sunscreen use among collegiate athletes.

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University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0592, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

College athletes participating in outdoor sports are a population with extensive exposure to ultraviolet radiation during the peak hours of the day. These relatively young athletes could represent a group with alterable habits.

OBJECTIVE:

We sought to assess the level of sunscreen use in college athletes who are at high risk for ultraviolet radiation exposure.

METHODS:

An anonymous survey was administered to NCAA soccer and cross-country teams at 4 universities. Answers were analyzed for proportions of sunscreen use and associations among various host variables.

RESULTS:

Of the surveyed athletes, 85% reported no sunscreen use in the previous 7 days and only 6% reported sunscreen use at least 3 of the previous 7 days.

LIMITATIONS:

The subject population is limited to one geographic area and includes athletes from only two sports.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results identify a need for improved primary prevention of ultraviolet damage among the more than 250,000 NCAA athletes participating in outdoor sports. A preventive program involving education, provision of readily available sunscreen, and coach participation is needed to target these individuals.

PMID:
16021116
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2005.04.056
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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