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Take the time to learn and you won’t burn

By Steve Prince, special contributor to
I recently took part in a session of pick-up soccer. It was a bright sunny day and, as such, it was very hot. We decided, as a group, the best way to split up teams would be to play shirts versus skins. One of the players had brought sunscreen and I sat back and watched as lots of the players, many my close friends, put on their sun protection.
I chuckled as I told myself that I wouldn’t burn as I jogged to the ‘skins’ side of the field. Two and a half hours later we finished playing and I could already tell I made a poor decision to not put on sunscreen. I was sunburned quite badly and the end result was a very red and painful set of shoulders and back.   
As summer continues to roll in, make sure you continue to take the necessary precautions to be sun safe. As athletes we sometimes are too worried about preparing and getting pumped-up for a match that we forget about things like protecting ourselves from the sun.
Here are a few good facts and tips to make sure you stay safe:
·         ALWAYS wear sunscreen – even if you think you don’t need it.
·         Reapply your sunscreen FREQUENTLY
·         You CAN still get sunburned on a cloudy day
·         Try to AVOID the strongest sun hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
·         Melanoma is the MOST common form of cancer for young adults
·         Don’t be afraid to ENCOURAGE ALL your friends to be sun safe!
It’s always more fun to come home from a match, win, lose or draw, and not have to worry about putting aloe on a bad sunburn. So make sure you take time this summer to learn more about sun safety and be smart while you’re out there scoring, slide-tackling or tipping that shot over the bar.
To learn more about sun safety and the facts listed above CLICK HERE to visit our friends at Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer!


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