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Master Thesis

Pratiques et obstacles à la photo-protection chez les ultra-traileurs du Grand Raid de La Réunion

Abstract : Background : The practice of outdoor sports significantly exposes practitioners to solar radiation. This radiation is the main risk factor for skin cancer, in particular at altitude and in tropical areas. Much more than a discipline, the practice of Trail and mountain running is of societal importance in La Reunion. The Grand Raid races mark an important event in the life of Reunion Islanders. The main objective was to determine the photoprotection practices of ultra-trail runners in the Grand Raid de La Réunion and the obstacles linked to this protection during the events and training. Method : Quantitative cross-sectional study based on an electronic questionnaire sent to all participants of the 4 races. Results : 1291 over 5844 ultra-trailers responded to our study. Headgear, worn by 78.1%, was the most commonly used means of protection. On the other hand, 85.0% and 56.1% of the athletes never or almost never used long covering clothing or sunglasses. Sunscreen was practically never applied during trainings and competitions in 67.1% and 57.5% of athletes respectively. Insufficient sun protection was reported in 59.4% of cases. The main barriers to sufficient sun protection reported were forgetfulness, discomfort caused by perspiration when wearing sunscreen, and discomfort from protective clothing. Conclusion : This study highlights an insufficiency of sun protection in trailers participating in a race located in a zone with a high ultraviolet index, exposing them to an increased carcinological risk during races and training.
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Charles Goube. Pratiques et obstacles à la photo-protection chez les ultra-traileurs du Grand Raid de La Réunion. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2021. ⟨dumas-03173054⟩



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