Whether you'll spend your time shooting hoops or cheering on your favorite players, there is no crossover for sun protection. Prepare for the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament with these helpful tips.
Stay hydrated. Your body needs 64 ounces of water daily to function properly. If you are active in the heat, your body produces more sweat to regulate your body temperature and therefore needs more water. Packing frozen water bottles keeps your liquids cool and doubles as a cooler for snacks. Also remember that beer and sodas are diuretics and can cause dehydration.
You know you should wear sunscreen, but even more important is that you apply it throughout the day and after sweating. The recommended standard by the American Academy of Dermatology is to reapply every two hours, including on your lips, and to apply more often after sweating.
Confused about SPF? Dermatologists recommend a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF, which will block 97 percent of the sun's harmful UVB rays. For extra coolness, store your screen in your cooler so that it feels refreshing when you apply.
Unfortunately, no sunscreen blocks all the sun's harmful rays, and sweat and heat can take a toll on your skin. Wearing a t-shirt under your jersey or hat will help you avoid overexposure to the sun and keep you cool. Just remember to choose a cover-up that actually blocks the sun, with a thicker fabric or built-in sun protection. If you're in the stands, protective sunglasses are always a smart spectator accessory.
Find the Shade
You can be in the shade and still enjoy the on-court action. Bring an umbrella so that your family, especially kids, have a place to escape from the sun. In addition to sun protection, shade helps reduce your chance of overheating.