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Top TED Talks for Athletes

Top TED Talks for Athletes

Since its inception in 1984, TED has always been about sharing ideas. While it started as a conference covering technology, entertainment, and design, TED has grown to encompass almost all topics. TED Talks seek to share a deeper understanding of the world with the...

The Scoop on Nutritional Supplements

The Scoop on Nutritional Supplements

Previously on this blog, we’ve covered nutrition tips for water polo players. Our discussion on diet and nutrition wouldn’t be complete without the mention of nutritional supplements. These supplements often come with enticing claims, but it’s important to bear in...

The History of Water Polo

The History of Water Polo

Water polo’s origins remain obscure, but the sport came into existence in the mid-nineteenth century in the lakes and rivers of England. Believed to be invented by British resort owners, water polo was created in an attempt to attract more guests. In 1870, the London...

Nutrition Tips for Water Polo Players

Nutrition Tips for Water Polo Players

For a water polo player, the majority of the time spent at games and practice consists of high-intensity exercise. This means an adequate, nutritious diet is necessary to replenish what is lost. 

Training like an Olympic Water Polo Player

Training like an Olympic Water Polo Player

Strength is the ability to withstand intense pressure. Simply put, it means being strong but doesn’t specify a length of time. Stamina means the amount of time any given group of muscles can perform at or near-maximum capacity. Endurance is a term that is similar to stamina, but it refers to how long a particular muscle group can perform a certain action without stopping, not necessary at maximum capacity. In order to be a successful Olympic-level water polo player, you must be ready for total body strength, endurance, and stamina. Upper body strength is needed, both while training and while playing the sport, for handling the ball and defending yourself against other players. In addition to these stringent requirements, lower body strength is required for staying above the water’s surface for hours at a time. 

Preparing for the Safety of Water Polo Players

Preparing for the Safety of Water Polo Players

Water polo is a high-contact, aggressive sport. While everyone is susceptible to injury, there are many factors that come into play that can put certain people at a higher risk than others. The threat of injury is very high for both men and women, at any skill level, but the more competitive the level of play, the higher the chances of injury overall. The most common injuries are head wounds and concussions, followed by hand scrapes, finger dislocations and fractures, hypothermia, sunburn, warts, and shoulder and knee injuries. People can get hurt simply because of the environment since the sport requires spending lengthy amounts of time in a chlorinated pool or being out in the sun. Players might get hit by other players or the ball. It’s important to take precautions before any major injuries occur since prevention is a lot easier to manage than recovery.

The Most Common Injuries in Water Polo

The Most Common Injuries in Water Polo

Water polo was originally developed as an aquatic form of rugby. It's as physically demanding as that description would imply, and injuries are common. While many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper conditioning and precautions, here are some of the more...