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SPARMS AMERICA WELCOMES PGA TOUR WINNER DYLAN FRITTELLI AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR

SPARMS AMERICA WELCOMES PGA TOUR WINNER DYLAN FRITTELLI AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR

Dylan Frittelli joins the #1 Sun Protection Brand on Tour

SParms America is excited to announce the signing of PGA Tour Professional Dylan Frittelli.  The SParms Tour Ambassador Team is headlined by PGA Tour Professional Dylan Frittelli and LPGA Tour Professional Brittany Lincicome.

SParms is the #1 sun protection brand on Tour, with hundreds of players and caddies wearing their products during competition. SParms America is proud to support professional Tours such as: PGA, LPGA, Tour Champions, European, Symetra, and Korn Ferry.

“I am thrilled to represent SParms America,” said PGA Tour Pro Dylan Frittelli during his signing day with Kelly Walker, SParms America National Sales Manager.

Dylan will continue to wear his favorite SParms product, the sun sleeves, in a variety of colors. “I have had problems with other sleeves sliding down my arms while golfing,” said Frittelli. “I never have to worry about the performance of SParms, which allows me to not only be protected from the sun but also keeps me cool on the course.”

Frittelli has been making noise in golf since his days as a teen by winning the 2007 Callaway Junior Golf Championship. Dylan continued that success through his college years, where he led the University of Texas to an NCAA Championship in 2012.

Dylan turned professional in 2013 and has not looked back since. Frittelli worked his way through the European and Web.com Tours to establish his spot on the PGA Tour. He secured his first PGA Tour win at the 2019 John Deere Classic.

SParms was founded in 2010 to provide innovative solutions in sun safety. They incorporated industry-leading fabrics with smart design features to produce lightweight, breathable and dry athletic apparel that offers maximum protection from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays. The SPF rating of 50+ ensures there is no compromise in safety.

SParms America offers sun protective, cooling sleeves, shoulder wraps, gloves, as well as full-body undershirts. The different products and colors help provide an option for anyone interested in staying safe and cool.

MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MELANOMA

MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MELANOMA

Many people have heard about melanoma and a number of you have been affected by the disease. 

Although due to our increase in knowledge and education the awareness of Melanoma improving, however Melanoma is still the most common cancer among Australians from adolescent to young adults.

ALL SKINS ARE AFFECTED BY MELANOMA - ALL.

There have been a lot of instances for us when a darker skin toned customer said that they are ‘immune’ to Melanoma. Although it may be true that individuals with more pigment in their skin reduce the risk of skin cancer dramatically as they have more protection from the UV rays, but that it doesn’t mean that they are invulnerable to damages by ultra violet rays, and once the damage is done the effects of melanoma is much more drastic.

IT MAY NOT FORM FROM AN EXISTING MOLE OR SPOT

Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. At only 1 millimetre deep, it can penetrate the blood stream and metastasise to the lungs, brain and other organs.

MOLES ARE ONLY AN INDICATION; IT CAN DEVELOP FROM LITTLE TO NO MOLE.

From the Cleveland clinic

“WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN EXAMINING MY MOLES?

The following ABCDEs are important signs of moles that could be cancerous. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist:

  • Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • Border: The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.
  • Color: The mole has different colors, or it has multiple shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
  • Diameter: The diameter of the mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
  • Elevation/Evolution: The mole becomes elevated (raised off the skin), or the mole is changing.

You should always be suspicious of a new mole that develops after the age of 30. Many of the growths that appear after the age of 30 are harmless age-associated growths rather than moles; however, if you do notice a new growth, you should see your dermatologist. He or she will examine the growth and perform a skin biopsy, if indicated. The dermatologist uses this information to decide how to treat the mole.

The most common location for melanoma in men is the back; in women, it is the lower leg. Melanoma is the most common cancer in women ages 25 to 29.

Moles can develop in any cutaneous (skin) or mucosal (mouth, eyes, genitals) surfaces. If you have had melanoma (or have a strong family history of melanoma), in addition to routine exams by a dermatologist, you should have annual check-ups.”

It is recommended to visit your GP or dermatologist if you notice any of these changes. 

At SP arms we encourage everyone to check their skin regular and to get to know their skin. 

Make the most of the outdoors and have fun but remember to wear sun protective clothing with a UPF 50+, which protects your skin and blocks more than 98% of UVA and UVB rays. 

Dermatologists and medical doctors recommend SParms sun protective products as a great way to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays and maintaining a healthy skin.

Find out more about SParms and it's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the links below
Sleeves UPF50+ 
Shoulder Wraps UPF50+ 
Body Shirts UPF50+ 
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SP arms Team,
This is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional

 

SParms | Effects of sun exposure for athletes

SParms | Effects of sun exposure for athletes

Originating from the sunny state of Queensland, Australia, the sun is constantly beating down on us. As Aussies we love our outdoor activities ranging from the occasional ‘barby’ (Australian slang for BBQ) or our Sunday league, it is worth reminding ourselves of the importance of sun protection.

ESPECIALLY for our athletes.

Like many of my fellow Australians I’ve regularly attended many sports events from Golf, AFL, Soccer but only during a few occasions found the 50+ sun protection lotion, which raises the question.

What about our athletes?

Athletes generally train 2 to 3 hours a day training with little protection from long sleeved clothing and they are amongst the most susceptible of individuals to sun damage.

Excessive UV exposure occurs in sports such as: Golf, running, cycling, triathlon, and other outdoor events [1].  The awareness regarding sun damage and protection overall seems to be good. However, their sun protection practices are often poor [2].

Excessive sun exposure is the strongest risk factor for many dermatological malignancies. This includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma [3]

Malignant melanoma is on the increase. [4].

As well continuous outdoor sun exposure, increasing trend among society to use tanning beds/booths cause further problems.  Athletes feel the pressure to conform to the societal aesthetic trends.  Many performing their matches in minimal clothing as it pushes confidence in their appearance.  A ‘golden glow’ is often favoured to the pale complexion for the ‘athletic look’

As many practitioners  who are responsible for the health of these athletes try to push for sun safety policies, perhaps we as society be pushing sun protection advice more aggressively?

Here is are our TOP 7 sun protection tips for athletes:

1) Always use sun protection when out between the 11am – 3pm.

2) Know your skin – type 1 skin is much more likely to burn than type 6, with “sunburn” increasing the risk of sun damage and subsequently skin cancer.

3) Know your burn time.

4) ALWAYS wear a hat and long sleeved clothes / SParms sun sleeves if you are in sports.

5) Extra care exercising near water or snow as the reflection can cause faster burns.

6) Know your moles; monitor with regular check-ups.

7) Know your family history; malignant melanoma has a strong genetic component.

References

[1] Moehrle M.  Outdoor sports and skin cancer.  Clin Dermatol. 2008 Jan-Feb;26(1):12-5.

[2] Cohen PH, Tsai H, Puffer JC.  Sun-protective behavior among high-school and collegiate athletes in Los Angeles, CA.  Clin J Sport Med. 2006 May;16(3):253-60.

[3] Stenback F. Cellular injury and cell proliferation in skin carcinogenesis by UV light. Oncology 1975;32(2):61-75

[4] Accessed via http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ on 22/08/2012

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Find out more about SParms and it's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the links below
Sleeves UPF50+ 
Shoulder Wraps UPF50+ 
Body Shirts UPF50+ 
More UPF50+ 

SP arms Team,
This is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional

 

SParms | How to enjoy your summer !

SParms | How to enjoy your summer !

We now live in a world full of change; some good and some bad. Unfortunately, one of the biggest threats to our current world is climate change and its effect on the everyday individuals like us whether we are at work in an office or spend our days out in the sun. It is now more important than ever that we start taking responsibility for our own health and safety especially during activities that leave us exposed and vulnerable to the damaging qualities of our sun.

Being an Australian company, we have grown up with sun safety in mind, whether it’s in the school playground or just driving down the lane to the shops, we know that even five minutes of exposure increases our risk of developing skin cancer. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with approximately two in three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70[1] which is why sun safety is an integral part of SParms thus we have incorporated the latest technologies into our products to both protect and perform in high exposure situations.

So how do we protect ourselves? Traditionally we have been following the “Slip, Slop, Slap” rule that keeps us shielded against the sun. We slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat and we are good to go.... or are we? What about in two hours time when the heat and sweat have mostly rendered our sunscreen ineffective? It’s likely too hot to be wearing long sleeves and frankly, no one like putting on sunscreen over our own sweat. It’s pretty gross. SParms solves this problem altogether. No more sunscreen (where you are covered by SParms) and no more hot long sleeves, our moisture-wicking UPF50+ rated sleeves will keep you cool and protected all day long without the need to reappply sunscreen every few hours.

If you spend a lot of time outside, we know how important it is to be sun smart while staying cool.

So don’t compromise, don’t play chicken with the sun, treat your skin with respect and look after it by staying in the shade, keeping yourself covered and being smart about your outdoor activities. Best of all, keep a SParms in your bag or pocket (it will fit anywhere) so you’re never caught unprepared.

Find out more about SParms and it's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the links below
Sleeves UPF50+ 
Shoulder Wraps UPF50+ 
Body Shirts UPF50+ 
More UPF50+ 

SP arms Team,
This is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional

 

SParms | Why is it so special?

SParms | Why is it so special?

We now live in a world full of change; some good and some bad. Unfortunately, one of the biggest threats to our current world is climate change and its effect on the everyday individuals like us whether we are at work in an office or spend our days out in the sun. It is now more important than ever that we start taking responsibility for our own health and safety especially during activities that leave us exposed and vulnerable to the damaging qualities of our sun.

Being an Australian company, we have grown up with sun safety in mind, whether it’s in the school playground or just driving down the lane to the shops, we know that even five minutes of exposure increases our risk of developing skin cancer. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with approximately two in three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70[1] which is why sun safety is an integral part of SParms thus we have incorporated the latest technologies into our products to both protect and perform in high exposure situations.

So how do we protect ourselves? Traditionally we have been following the “Slip, Slop, Slap” rule that keeps us shielded against the sun. We slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat and we are good to go.... or are we? What about in two hours time when the heat and sweat have mostly rendered our sunscreen ineffective? It’s likely too hot to be wearing long sleeves and frankly, no one like putting on sunscreen over our own sweat. It’s pretty gross. SParms solves this problem altogether. No more sunscreen (where you are covered by SParms) and no more hot long sleeves, our moisture-wicking UPF50+ rated sleeves will keep you cool and protected all day long without the need to reappply sunscreen every few hours.

If you spend a lot of time outside, we know how important it is to be sun smart while staying cool.

So don’t compromise, don’t play chicken with the sun, treat your skin with respect and look after it by staying in the shade, keeping yourself covered and being smart about your outdoor activities. Best of all, keep a SParms in your bag or pocket (it will fit anywhere) so you’re never caught unprepared.

Find out more about SParms and it's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the links below
Sleeves UPF50+ 
Shoulder Wraps UPF50+ 
Body Shirts UPF50+ 
More UPF50+ 

SP arms Team,
This is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional