What is your sport: Polo

Polo is frequently referred to as the ‘sport of kings.’ Although no longer an Olympic sport, it is one of the oldest team sports on the planet. Polo is thought to have originated in Central Asia as far back as 247 BC.  

It is played on horseback with 4 mounted players on each team. 2 opposing teams aim to score goals in the other team’s net by hitting a ball on the ground with a long-handled wooden mallet. The team with the most goals by the end of the match wins. A typical polo game consists of 6 periods lasting 7 minutes. Matches may be played in an indoor or outdoor arena.  

Unsurprisingly, polo players must be fairly well-equipped and skilled horseback riders. A variety of coordination, balance, strength, and teamwork are also required in this sport. 

Main Muscles Used in Polo

Deltoids, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Triceps, Biceps, Spinal Erectors, Transverse Abdominis, Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, Leg Adductors, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and the Gluteal Muscles 

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Common Muscle Injuries from Polo

The most common polo injuries include: 

  • Tendonitis: Tendonitis may occur in the shoulder or arm areas due to overuse when using the mallet. 
  • Shoulder Injuries: Similar to tendonitis, shoulder injuries are common from the mallet swings and usage.  
  • Muscle Strains: Overuse or repetitive use of any muscle may lead to a strain or tear. 
  • Back Pain: Due to the high degree of balance required on the horse, especially when swinging the mallet, back pain isn’t an uncommon problem found in polo players. 

How Can You Alleviate Your Polo Injuries?

Rest is necessary in alleviating the pain and giving your body time to heal. Repeated use may result in a far worse injury and a much longer recovery. For tendonitis and muscle strain injuries, ice may relieve or reduce pain levels. In addition, certain therapeutic exercises may contribute to a full and effective recovery. 

At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our services are aimed to deliver the most holistic and exceptional injury rehabilitation and treatment possible. Our team includes osteopaths, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and more. Get back up on the saddle! Book your next appointment online today. 

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