Polo Research

US Polo Association Research

The Sports Medicine and Movement Lab (SMML) conducted a study with the U.S. Polo Association analyzing about 20 men and women polo players. The lab is also working with the U.S. Polo Association Player Development program to provide evidence-based exercises to improve player development.

polo players on balance boards IIDirector of the SMML, Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D., FACSM, ATC, traveled to Sheridan, WY in the summer of 2017 to work with USPA Player Development. USPA is beginning to implement pre-riding programs, developed by Oliver, for their youth athletes. Additionally, work is being done on the effects of the pre-riding programs and their swing mechanics and riding posture.


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Video of the study with the U.S. Polo Association in action.


Videos explaining In-Depth Swing Fundamentals in Polo:

Introduction to the Kinetic Chain Theory
Injury Prevention for Players
Pelvic Stability and the Kinetic Chain


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