Polo and the Shoulder
There is scant data on sports injuries from polo in the published medical literature, so in 2016 Mr Granville-Chapman surveyed over 200 members of the Hurlingham Polo Association in order to gain a better understanding of the incidence and nature of both sports injuries and acute traumatic injuries from polo. This data forms one of the largest representative samples in polo.
In the shoulder, the commonest problems were related to the subacromial bursa and the rotator cuff tendons and these were reported in 30% of players who reported a sports injury. Problems with the proximal biceps tendon, the acromioclavicular joint and the glenoid labrum were reported in a few patients.
It is no surprise that the upper limb suffers so frequently in polo. There are several components of the game which place high demands on the region:
The long mallet, although relatively light, hugely amplifies forces that pass through the shoulder. Many amateur players have inefficient swings that require more force to generate power
The full swing requires a complete range of motion in the shoulder, so poor control of the shoulder blade, a stiff back and/ or a weak core will predispose players to impingement and subacromial problems (bursitis or rotator cuff injury)
This is a contact sport – the closing velocity of the two ponies and the upper body checking action of the players produces significant impacts – these may produce attritional damage to the shoulder, and may even cause acute trauma
A player may attempt to hook the mallet of an opposing player as they attempt to strike the ball. This is often performed at full stretch with the and sometimes on the near side: the shoulder is therefore in a vulnerable position for overload injury to the biceps, labrum and rotator cuff
As with most sports, repeated technical imperfections can produce issues such as tendinopathies
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