There are simple strategies you can implement into your training programme to reduce the risk of injury.
Players who suffer with common polo injuries such as ongoing back pain, shoulder tightness and weak wrists tend to strap everything up to mask the injury. But inevitably the body will give up and players may be forced to retire early for good!
Here are Chukka Wellness’ top tips on how to reduce your risk of injury...
1. Build out a personalised polo-specific dynamic warm up that targets any ‘problem’ areas. It only needs to be 10 min max and try to complete the warm up before every ride. (see our Instagram for some inspiration)
2. Eat for recovery – Protein helps build and repair muscles so make sure to have a protein filled post workout snack or meal. Examples: Chicken wraps or Egg on toast.
3. Trigger Pointing - Grab a hard ball (tennis ball, trigger point ball) and place it in any sore muscles adding pressure until it has fully relaxed. Trigger pointing allows you to work deeper into the muscles and helps to release them quicker than foam rolling or stretching. (We have a whole trigger pointing video in our 6 week pre season exercise programme)
4. Swimming is a low impact activity that can help to reduce muscle soreness and keep the body moving. If you have access to a pool, we recommend trying some gentle swimming and walking backwards & forwards in the pool.
Just by implementing a few body maintenance strategies into your weekly schedule can make the world of the difference and prolong your play time!