Biggest Dangers for Female Golfers: Sunlight
As dangers in sports go, golf is pretty mild. While there are cheers of excitement and intense competition, there are also moments of complete silence and concentration. It is relatively calm on the course, and the dangers of injury seem very minimal in all non-contact sports.
However, there are plenty of ways that men and women can harm themselves on the golf course. One of the silent killers of the 21st century is everyone’s favorite daytime companion: the sun. Malignant melanoma cases are on the rise-and golfers are at a higher risk than many other athletes. In fact, women’s skin tends to be more susceptible to skin cancer, so it is even more important for women to protect themselves from the sun.
Skin: Protecting your skin is important, no matter how often you are in the sun. Even on overcast days, you should still wear at least SPF15 sun block. There are many oils, sprays, and lotions to help guard your skin from the deadly rays, so do not be hesitant to apply them. Our bodies benefit from small amounts of the UV rays that the sun projects which allows our bodies to naturally produce Vitamin D, but too much sun can cause serious burns, skin cancer, sun spots, and even sun poisoning. It is often too hot to wear fully-protective clothing, so be sure to apply sun block liberally to all exposed areas. Many of us forget our ears, scalps, and lips, so be sure to add some protection to them, as well. There are plenty of stylish womens golf accessories such as hats and visors that can give added protection to your face.
Eyes: Just like your skin, your eyes can take a pretty serious beating from too much sun exposure. Your eyes respond to excess sunlight by darkening the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. If you find brown spots in the sclera, you should be concerned about sun exposure. Simply donning a pair of stylish shades or a golf visor can help protect your eyes from the glaring sunlight and keep them healthy.
Hair: While this is largely cosmetic, protecting your hair from the sun can make a big difference. Simply wearing a hat during tournaments can keep your hair from fading or drying out. Many women forget to put sun block on their heads where their hair parts, and end up with a painful, itchy sun burn. Using SPF conditioner or hair moisturizer before a day in the sun can make a huge difference on the color, shine, and health of your hair.
Attire: Even if you are not crazy about tan lines, try to wear long golf skorts or shorts to protect your thighs from too much sunlight. This tender area is extremely susceptible to sunburn, but is often forgotten about when applying sun block. Cover this area to avoid a painful burn. Golf apparel for women is generally quite conservative, but when it gets hot you might have the desire to wear spaghetti strap tank tops to stay cool. Your back and shoulders will be absorbing the majority of direct sunlight, so try to keep them covered as much as possible. Once they have become sunburned, no amount of sun block will protect you from the harmful rays. Keep your back and shoulders protected as often as possible, and apply a water-resistant sun block of SPF 30 or SPF 15 for optimal protection from the sunlight. Don’t forget to reapply!