Polo is a team sport played on horseback on a large grass field. Each team consists of four riders and their horses. Players score goals by hitting a small white wooden or plastic ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.
Polo has all the challenges of regular horse riding but the rider has to control the horse with one hand and hit the ball with the mallet held in the other hand. So in addition to the stretches for normal horse riding there need to stretches for the upper limb which controls the horse and stretches for the upper limb which is used to hit the ball.
As with horse riding the iliopsoas and rectus abdominis keep the riders torso in a vertical position and the hip and calf muscles keep the rider on the horse, help maintain balance and control the horse. But in polo, in order to strike the ball the rider has to rotate the spine, abduct and ….