External Loading Characteristics of Polo Ponies and Corresponding Player Heart Rate Responses in 16-Goal Polo

Best, Russell and Standing, Regan J (2021) External Loading Characteristics of Polo Ponies and Corresponding Player Heart Rate Responses in 16-Goal Polo. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science . ISSN 0737-0806 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2020.103368

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When compared to other equestrian sports, Polo players engage in a high number of player-pony 26 interactions. To ensure optimal performance of the player-pony dyad, an understanding of the 27 workloads performed by each pony, and the physiological cost placed upon the rider are required. 28 This investigation examined the relationship and interaction between Polo pony performance (speeds 29 attained, distance covered, movements performed) and corresponding heart rate responses in Polo 30 players, within and between games across a 16-goal Polo tournament. Descriptive statistics revealed 31 Polo is played at an intensity that imposes considerable cardiovascular exertion, with players’ average 32 heart rate (HRavg) and maximum heart rate (HRmax) frequently exceeding 165bpm and 200bpm, 33 respectively, within most games. Data also demonstrated both HRavg and HRmax have small to 34 moderate relationships (p<0.05) with numerous discrete measures of pony external workload, 35 especially, pony accelerations, decelerations, impacts and sprints. These findings highlight the chukka 36 and game specific interactions between pony actions and the players’ cardiovascular responses to 37 these movements. If the cardiovascular conditioning of the player is insufficient to meet the demands 38 of Polo play, the combined performance of the player-pony dyad may be limited.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance
ID Code:7690
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