Watching a professional golf event live or on the television it's hard not to notice how many professional golfers are wearing arm sleeves or sun sleeves. But why do they wear them?
It's easy to get envious watching the top professional golfers play for vast sums every week in amazing sunny locations around the World. However, it's not all positive because professional golfers spend a lot of time outside exposed to ultra violet (UV) light, they are particularly at risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is caused by UV light exposure caused by the suns rays. So professional golfers who wear arm sleeves to reduce their exposure to UV are proactively managing their health.
Educational awareness of skin cancer is much higher these days and is also increasing amongst professional golfers as more and more of them are diagnosed and treated for skin cancer.
Adam Scott, former World number 1 and Masters Champion has had to have corrective surgery to remove skin cancer from his face in recent years. Adam is quoted on the PGA Tour website urging others to be sun savvy by suggesting to "slip on a protective shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a sun-hat."
Adam is not alone in his native country, two in every three Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer by the age of 70. Skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all cancers detected in Australia. Sadly around 2,000 Australians a year will die every year due to skin cancer.
This is not an Australia only issue, in the US around 10,000 people a year die of skin cancer. One in five Americans will battle with skin cancer at some stage in their lives. High profile American golfer Rory Sabattini has also experienced issues with skin cancer over the years and is now an advocate of skin cancer prevention.
The PGA Tour has reported that Rory Mcilroy has had issues with sunburn as a child. Rory noted that he puts sunscreen on before and during his golf round and sees a dermatologist on a regular basis.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing as the best form of skin cancer prevention. Solbari offers an award winning range of UPF50+ sun protective clothing, arm sleeves or sun sleeves, sun hats and umbrellas.
Our best selling arm sleeve for golf is the UPF50+Solbari CoolaSun Arm Sleeves.
You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
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This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
UPF 50+ is the maximum sun protective rating achievable for fabrics.
UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and is the sun protective rating measure for fabrics.
UPF50+ means that only up to 1/50th or 2% of ultraviolet radiation is able to penetrate the fabric which has been tested.
A fabric which has been awarded a UPF 50+ rating by the Australian Government is considered to provide excellent protection.