Junior Tennis Sun Protection Survey
In order to find out what the current state of sun protective behavior is in young, competitive tennis players, we designed an anonymous survey. Our goal was to identify the shortcomings in UV-protection and to find out where specifically the need is for education. We used a QR code link to the survey so players at competitive junior tennis tournaments were able to take this survey anonymously on their smart phones.
The ongoing results can be viewed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-DDEeTXq91CYMckiSfoqo8A_3D_3D/
The data demonstrate that many junior tennis players spend several hours a day relatively unprotected in the sun and could significantly improve their level of sun protection. Specifically, with regard to sunscreen application frequency and body coverage, but also with respect to sun protective hats, clothing, and eyewear.
The vast majority of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. Sunburns occurring in childhood and adolescence are considered crucial risk factors. Nevertheless, little is known about the sun-protective behavior in junior athletes known to be exposed to high levels of UV radiation, such as in junior tennis players in Southern California.