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Sun Safe Soccer: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Sun Safe Soccer?

Sun Safe Soccer is a national skin cancer prevention program that asks coaches to help create a culture of sun protection in soccer – one of the most-played sports by children ages 4 to 19 in the United States.  While soccer contributes to healthy lives, we also know:

  • Sun exposure early in life is the leading cause of skin cancer in adulthood.
  • Skin cancers are largely caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Most sun damage is done before 18 years of age.

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is leading this Sun Safe Soccer program to help ensure young soccer players have a healthier future by:

  • Teaching soccer coaches the basics of sun protection.
  • Motivating these coaches – called Champions – to pass that knowledge on to their players and their parents.

Is there a cost to join Sun Safe Soccer?

The program and all materials are free. The brochures, fliers and presentation explain the program and can be used to educate coaches, parents and children about the Sun Safe Soccer steps. Simply sign up your team to join the free program and spread the message! You will receive a survey along the way to find out how the program is working for you and your players and ask for ways to improve Sun Safe Soccer.

Does Sun Safe Soccer recommend any particular sunscreen?

Sun Safe Soccer does not endorse any particular brand of sunscreen. For sports, we do recommend wearing a water-resistant, broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.

Will the children still get enough vitamin D?

Yes! Players get far more than their recommended sun exposure just from the time spent outdoors as part of their regular routines. Also, according to recommendations from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and American Academy of Dermatology, the best source of vitamin D for children is through food and vitamin supplements.

What can I do to help?

After signing up your team and teaching them the Sun Safe Soccer steps – and therefore becoming a Champion of the Sun Safe Soccer program – please also help spread the message by liking the Sun Safe Soccer page on Facebook and following us on Twitter. As a coach and respected role model, one of the best ways to help is to follow the Sun Safe Soccer steps yourself!

Remember following these easy steps will have positive effects on your health too!

What if I, my players, or their parents have questions?

Please direct them to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SunSafeSoccer or follow us at @SunSafeSoccer on Twitter. We are happy to answer any questions. Additionally, coaches may e-mail sunsafesoccer@gmail.com. Please allow several days for a response.

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