Schoolyard Shade and Sun Exposure: Assessment of Personal Monitoring During Children's Physical Activity

Jennifer Vanos, Grant R. McKercher, Kylie Naughton, Marc Lochbaum

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Abstract

© 2017 The American Society of Photobiology Childhood exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a major risk factor for the development of melanoma later in life. However, it is challenging to accurately determine personal outdoor exposure to UVR, specifically erythemally weighted UVR (UV E ry ), due to technological constraints, variable time–activity patterns, and the influence of outdoor environmental design. To address this challenge, this study utilized mobile and stationary techniques to examine the UV E ry exposures of 14 children in a schoolyard in Lubbock, TX, in spring 2016. The aims of the study were to examine the influence of artificial shade on personal UV E ry exposures and to assess full sun exposure ratios (ERs) within the same playground microenvironment. On average, personal wrist dosimeters worn during play in the sun measured 18% of the total onsite UV E ry measured by a stationary UV pyranometer. Shade was found to significantly reduce the personal UV E ry expos
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1132
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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