Sun protection policies and practices of sporting and recreation organizations

Earl, Cameron P. & Tenkate, Thomas D. (2006) Sun protection policies and practices of sporting and recreation organizations. Environmental Health, 6(1), pp. 43-51.

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There are many public health benefits of participation in outdoor sporting activities. However, extended exposure to the sun is a significant risk factor for skin cancer. As there is limited information available on the factors that facilitate the implementation of sun protection measures and policies within sporting and recreation organisations, a study was conducted to investigate this in Queensland. This study was exploratory in nature and utilised a cross sectional design involving a telephone survey methodology. The study participants were chosen from State sporting and recreational associations to provide an insight into sun protection activities undertaken by their affiliated clubs. The study results indicate that these State associations were active in promoting sun protection to their clubs, that the clubs with sun protection policies tended to have a more comprehensive approach to sun protection, but that additional sun protection measures are needed at a club level. Consequently, it is important to continue encouraging local clubs to adopt sun protection policies and this appears more likely with the assistance of the State sporting and recreational associations.

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ID Code: 19585
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sun protection measures, Sun protection policies, Sporting and recreational associations, Sporting and recreational clubs
ISSN: 1444-5212
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Institute of Environmental Health
Deposited On: 15 Apr 2009 23:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:35

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