Change Rule 3c To Insist Upon Safe Helmets For The 2015 Season
Following deaths and recent serious accidents to experienced and well known players, and to follow all the other equestrian disciplines, the Hurlingham Polo Association need to enforce the use of proper headgear to make polo safer. It is very fast contact sport and falls are commonplace. Recent research has shown that even mild brain injuries with no loss of consciousness can cause dementia and worse in later life.
The Hurlingham Polo Association need to insist upon helmets that have been satisfactorily tested by either UK or American safety institutions and that have a three point harness.
Tackling The Sports Concussion Crisis (Lancet Neurology Journal article)
All other disciplines insist upon safe headgear, from Dressage to Eventing to Racing. There have been no deaths by head injury in racing, flat or jump, for over 20 years.
This rule will make the sport safer, improve its image, and help protect players from life changing brain injuries/death and the pain and suffering to loved ones that follows such incidents. “Sanity over Vanity”! #saferpolo
To sign the Change.org petition, visit this link. Petition by Aurora Eastwood, Winchester, United Kingdom
EDITOR’S NOTE: Former FEI Medical Council Chair and USET Physician Dr Craig Ferrell died while playing polo. We owe it to him to sign this petition in order to continue his work campaigning for improved equestrian safety.