Heat Policy and UV Index

Does your club have a heat policy? If not, it’s important for clubs to ensure the safety of all members and participants by adopting one. Prolonged exposure to heat and UV (Ultraviolet) rays can cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. UV radiation is the invisible threat to your health that you can’t see or feel. UV radiation can be high even on cool and overcast days. This means you can’t rely on clear skies or high temperatures to determine whether you need to protect yourself from the sun.

The UV Index is a tool that provides you with information so you can protect yourself from UV radiation. It indicates the times during the day that you need to be SunSmart.
There are various free Apps available through the iTunes App Store or Google Play that you can use to monitor the UV Index when you are:
• Planning or participating in an outdoor activity or event.
• Undertaking recreational activities such as running, swimming, cycling or team sports.
• Watching a spectator sport.
• An outdoor worker, or have responsibility for outdoor workers, or
• Responsible for young children and their outdoor activities.

It is also important for sporting clubs and leagues/associations to be aware of the prevailing weather conditions and act appropriately to ensure the safety of all participants. Sports Medicine Australia have produced a set of guidelines in relation to hot weather conditions and heat policies, however, your State Sporting Association will generally have its own policies to follow.

As a guide within the Loddon Campaspe region, temperatures of 36 degrees Celsius and above are considered extreme. It is at this point that organisers of sport and physical activity should seriously consider modifying, postponing and and/or cancelling sporting events.

Factors that need to be considered before modifying, postponing or cancelling an activity/event are:
• The duration and intensity of the event.
• The time of day that the activity/event is scheduled to be held.
• The condition and general fitness of participants. Eg: Hot weather in spring has a significantly greater impact on participants than hot weather in late summer, due to body conditioning over the warmer months.
• Age of participants e.g. children have a reduced ability to acclimatise to extreme temperatures due to their age and development.
• Is it possible to transfer the competition and/or training to a more favourable environment. Eg: indoors

For more information about the UV Index Apps please click here and here

Sourced from Sports Medicine Australia and National Weather Service

Please follow and like us: