In addition to being a high speed equestrian sport, polo can be a very physically demanding activity. This is especially true for beginners, who need to take extra care to keep their wrists healthy and prevent injuries.
In our previous post, we mentioned the importance of stretching our muscles before and after a polo match. You can perform simple warming up and stretching exercises for your legs, back, neck and arms. And do not forget your wrists! They are a key part in any match given their influence on your performance.
Learn how to hit the ball slowly. Be careful not to hit it too hard because you could injure your wrist. The secret is to keep your eyes on the ball and hit through it keeping your arm straight and letting the stick swing through. It is very important to learn how to hit the ball properly and to correct any possible mistakes from the very beginning. This will help you avoid bad habits that could cause pain or injury.
Equipment such as wrist supports can help you keep you protect your wrists. However, the best option is always exercising your wrists and guidance from a professional instructor.