The best way to avoid sunburn in a track-day environment is to get as many people as possible in the same spot, as this can help prevent the spread of sunburn, a study has found.
The research, conducted by the Australian Centre for Sport and Exercise (ACSEE), found that runners could run the same distance in a single session without feeling the sunburns symptoms.
The study looked at 20 outdoor sports ranging from road running to surfing, triathlon and running, with a focus on runners who were wearing protective gear and had access to an indoor training facility.
The group of participants, all runners and endurance athletes, completed a 10-kilometre course in a field.
They were then given a 30-minute run of the same track in a similar conditions as the race.
The participants completed their run and returned to their training facility for their next session.
They then completed a total of 120 runs, with the first half of the session focused on training and the second half of it on the race course.
The researchers found that there was no difference between the groups for the number of times people ran in the field and at the racecourse, with those who had run the most completing the shorter distance.
However, there was a difference for the frequency of sun-burns.
While the group who had completed the most runs at the training facility were more likely to feel the symptoms of sun burn on the field than the others, there were no differences in the frequency with the frequency.
The report says the results were “conclusive evidence” that “any type of exercise can reduce the risk of sun injury and can be a good option for people who are suffering from sunburn”.
A similar study published in Sports Medicine Australia in July last year found that running indoors is the safest way to go for those who suffer from sun-induced skin damage.
The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia recommends people take sun safety measures when out and about, particularly around people with skin conditions such as rosacea and keratoconus, as well as when indoors.
It says it is not recommended to exercise outside at night because of the risk it poses to people who have sunburn.
The ACSEE research found that, as far as the research went, “the majority of participants” were willing to participate in the study, which was designed to test the hypothesis that people with sunburn are more likely than others to have a skin reaction to the sun.
The team found that those who were willing were more than twice as likely to run at a slower pace than those who did not want to run.
While they were willing, there did not seem to be a difference in the number or frequency of times they ran with or without sunscreen, the report said.
It also found that the participants who were more willing to run were also more likely not to wear protective gear during the course.
“In terms of running in the rain, the group wearing sun-proof gear performed better in the wet,” the study said.
“They were less likely to be hit by rain and were less susceptible to sunburn than those wearing water-resistant clothes.”
A spokesman for the Victorian Government said the ACSee study showed “how important it is to take steps to reduce the incidence of sun damage”.
He said the Government was committed to ensuring people with severe sunburned skin could exercise safely.
The Victorian Government had not received the report’s findings from the ACSEE research but said it was looking into them.
“We do not accept that wearing protective clothing at all in an outdoor environment, particularly if it’s water-logged, poses any risk to the health of anyone,” the spokesman said.