Participation in polo is increasing and the HPA estimates that approximately 3000 people play in the UK. It is a physically demanding mounted contact sport. As such, players of all levels are at risk of sustaining sports injuries, and these injuries may force players to moderate their play or abstain altogether. Of course, collisions and falls can also cause acute trauma, such as fractures and dislocations. While no player wishes to dwell on injuries, most will nevertheless be interested to know more about the common injuries and, how they might be avoided and, if you have an injury, how it might be treated.
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.
The commonest problems in the elbow were tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. These were reported in 33% of players who reported a sports injury. The elbow and wrist are prone to overload in polo:
Please see the elbow conditions section for more information on these conditions. In short tennis elbow is a common condition of painful abortive healing in the tendinous origin of a muscle that extends (bends up) your wrist. Pain is felt right on the outer knuckle of your elbow and made worse with gripping and forcefully bending back your wrist. It normally recovers (80% of patients are better by one year) but some patients suffer ongoing problems.
Golfer’s elbow is less common, but essentially the same problem in a different tendon. Isn golfer’s elbow, it is the tendons that flex your wrist that are affected and these originate on the inner knuckle of your elbow.
In polo the right wrist, as well as gripping the mallet, has to control the balance and rotation of the mallet’s face through impact. Large forces are required to maintain correct wrist position as the mallet produces a very long lever arm.
Alongside the forearm muscles that stabilize your wrist, two relatively small tendons pass through a narrow sheath on the thumb side (radial side) of your wrist. These tendons control the position of your thumb (abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis). De Quervain’s is a condition where the tendons suffer degeneration and the inner lining of the tendon sheath gets inflamed. Patients see swelling over the thumb side of their wrist and have pain in that region. Tucking your thumb into a closed fist and stretching the tendons causes acute pain.
Not all pain and swelling around the wrist is De Quervain’s however. Ganglions (jelly-filled lumps), arthritis, nerve entrapment (carpal tunnel syndrome) and wrist ligament damage can all cause pain in the same area so it’s worth getting an opinion relatively early to avoid confusion.
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