Promoting comprehensive sun protection policies and practices in outdoor sports: a qualitative study of perceived priorities and practicalities

Lawler, Sheleigh, Spathonis, Kym, McDermott, Liane, Gallois, Cindy, Eakin, Elizabeth, Leslie, Eva and Owen, Neville 2007, Promoting comprehensive sun protection policies and practices in outdoor sports: a qualitative study of perceived priorities and practicalities, Environmental health, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 46-55.


Title Promoting comprehensive sun protection policies and practices in outdoor sports: a qualitative study of perceived priorities and practicalities
Author(s) Lawler, Sheleigh
Spathonis, Kym
McDermott, Liane
Gallois, Cindy
Eakin, Elizabeth
Leslie, Eva
Owen, Neville
Journal name Environmental health
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 46
End page 55
Publisher Australian Institute of Environmental Health
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1444-5212
1832-3367
Keyword(s) sun protection
physical activity
sun protection policy
sport
Summary Sun protection policies, environments, practices, and attitudes in sporting club contexts might be significant determinants of sun exposure among adult sporting participants. Face-to-face interviews, using standardised, open-ended questions were conducted with 20 club officials from four sports: soccer, hockey, tennis and surf lifesaving. Thematic content analysis identified a number of salient themes. Formal sun protection policies were well-implemented in surf lifesaving, but less so in soccer, hockey and tennis clubs, which often had informal sun protection practices in place. Officials perceived sun protection to be important, which was related to perceived exposure levels, the type of sport, length of time played and the season. Consistent logistical and practical considerations emerged, including limited resources, availability of shade, and lack of control over sporting facilities, uniform regulations and games scheduling. Sun protection efforts often focused on children more than adult players. Reciprocal responsibility was an important theme, where it was perceived that responsibility for sun protection should be equally shared between the club and the member. In this study it was found that reciprocal responsibility, duty of care and sport-specific practical requirements might significantly influence the success of policy, environmental and education initiatives for sun protection in sporting settings.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007
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Collection: School of Psychology
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