About SunSmart Athletes
SunSmart Athletes, founded in 2015, is made up of University of Southern California (USC) researchers, physicians, resident physicians, medical students, student athletes, graduate and undergraduate students, and other interested "Ambassadors" with the goal of educating the Trojan community on the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) exposure including pre-mature aging, photo damage, and skin cancer.
Dr. Ashley Wysong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology and the Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery teamed up with Dr. Myles Cockburn, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and founder of SunSmart to form SunSmart Athletes -- a team approach to reducing overall sun exposure for NCAA athletes, coaches, and fans.
As a former NCAA and collegiate athlete turned board certified dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Wysong is passionate about promoting sun safe behavior. Based on research by Dr. Wysong and others, in 2013, the National Collegiate Athletics Association published the first Sports Sun Safety Guidelines for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook. These guidelines have brought national attention for the need of UV protection and safe sun practices while engaging in outdoor sporting activities.
Dr. Cockburn and his team, including Dr. Kimberly Miller have revolutionized sun safety in school aged children with the SunSmart program and are national experts in skin cancer prevention, particularly in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
AVOID UV in PEAK HOURS
10:00am to 4:00pm
Even on cloudy days! (UV rays can penetrate clouds!)
Broad-spectrum and >SPF 30 and reapply every 2 hours
Wear protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and seek shade when out in the sun