Polo is inherently a dangerous sport and we all know that accidents will occur - and it is not always the other player! Adequate protection can prevent some accidents, for example by securing bandages with bandage tape, or limit the severity of our injuries.
A number of serious and or fatal accidents in polo have highlighted the need for adequate protection. In contrast with other equestrian disciplines, our sport tacitly or even overtly accepts unsafe helmets and other protective gear.
The equation is simple: with fewer or less severe injuries, we get more hours in the saddle and more seasons on the field.
On the following pages, we provide you with relevant information on qualified, certified protective gear offering you the best protection, should that accident not happen to the other player, but to you.
In our shop, you can browse our range of select helmets, googles, and body protection.
The polo helmet, derived from the pith helmet used by Europeans in the tropics in the 19th century, is one of the most easily recognizable hall marks of polo players. Unfortunately, many polo helmets on the market offer only poor protection, and many polo helmets carry no certification at all, despite the progress in other equestrian dIsciplines.
Boots and knee pads are a must, according to the rule 3/b of the HPA rules, and for obvious reasons. Many players these days wear elbow protection and some players play wearing a back protector, for additional limitation of injury severity.
Swinging mallets, flying balls, and other players' elbows all pose risks to your eyes. Guards fitted to the helmet is one option, but there is some concern that these guards themselves may increase the risk of injury, unless it detaches at impact, for example during a fall. Read more about face guards and goggles here.
The debate is ongoing whether the HPA, other country polo associations, and local clubs need to adopt a tougher stance on the helmets we wear. We bring you some of the articles and points of view of recent years.