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Preventing Rotator Cuff Injuries in Water Polo

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 21, 2017 3:56:32 PM

The omnipresent thought of a season ending shoulder injury can create hesitation and prevent water polo players from reaching their maximum potential. In general, water polo players are at a higher risk for a rotator cuff injury due to the nature of the sport’s throwing techniques and shoulder patterns. Unlike most sports that involve throwing, water polo players aren’t able to use their legs for support during the action so more strain is placed on their shoulder muscles in order to complete the repetitive motion. Water polo players can reduce their risk of shoulder injuries through prevention programs and exercises, which aim to strengthen surrounding muscles and increase overall stability, flexibility, and mobility.

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Topics: Water polo

Water Polo Leg Strength Progression

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Aug 9, 2017 4:30:31 PM

There are many different elements that strength coaches must consider when designing water polo and position-specific strength programs. Whether players are just beginning to build strength or are well-developed professionals, the most effective strength and conditioning programs implement progressions. In water polo specifically, players in all positions must have strong legs in order to rapidly propel themselves, and leg strength is crucial for staying ahead of the game, building power, and achieving success in the pool.

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Topics: Competition, Water polo

Recovery Between Water Polo Games to Improve Athletic Performance

Posted by Sarah Connors on Aug 4, 2017 12:37:23 PM

Recovery is an important process to implement for players in order to prevent injury, reduce fatigue, and enhance athletic performance. After an intense game, players should re-fuel their body and incorporate a variety of recovery methods to prepare for the next game, especially during long tournaments. Below is a list of six specific recovery tips that water polo players should do to accelerate recovery and enhance performance in the pool for back-to-back games.

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Topics: Recovery, Water polo

How to Prepare for Water Polo Tournaments

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jul 31, 2017 10:15:14 AM

Preparing for competition both mentally and physically is essential for the big day. From late night practices to intense strength and conditioning training, water polo teams have put in the hard work to get ahead of their competition. The weeks and days leading up to tournaments are crucial and there are many preparation aspects that go into maximizing player performance come game day.

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Topics: S+C, Water polo

5 Dryland Exercises to Increase Your Water Polo Transition Speed

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Quickly transitioning from offense to defense or vice-versa can be the difference for water polo teams and having a successful season. From developing a powerful shot to improving goalie skills, a water polo-specific dryland training program can significantly improve performance in the pool. Below is a list of five water polo-specific dryland exercises that are designed to work on transitional speed. 

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Topics: S+C, Water polo

Water Polo Building Blocks: Strength Training Exercises

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jul 16, 2017 3:53:00 PM

The BridgeAthletic Building Block Series is a set of 5 exercises that can be performed by water polo players of all levels on the pool deck.

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Topics: S+C, Water polo

5 Dryland Exercises To Improve Your Goalie Skills

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jul 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Playing goalie in water polo is all about reactive speed and quickness. Defending the goal requires a solid foundation so athletes are ready to block the ball, regain balance to react to multiple shots on cage, and be in good position to make an accurate outlet pass. Dryland training is crucial to not only setting a good leg base to stay high in the water the entire game, but also for balance, flexibility, and injury prevention. Check out this article about building a dominant water polo dryland program.

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Topics: S+C, Water polo

5 Dryland Exercises to Improve Your Water Polo Shot

Posted by Nick Folker on Jul 13, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Shooting is a complex movement for all water polo players. The shot begins in the lower body and ends with an aggressive follow through with your shooting arm. Many water polo players make the mistake of training only rotational and forearm exercises. However, strengthening the entire kinetic chain of muscles is crucial for not only power production, but also for injury prevention. Any weak link in the kinetic chain can send all the force into the wrong area, compromising technique and exposing the body to acute injury. Implementing specific exercises in your dryland program will improve a player's shot. 

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Topics: S+C, Water polo

Four Steps to Building a Dominant Water Polo Strength Program

Posted by Nick Folker on Jul 13, 2017 7:35:00 AM

Hard work in the gym results in better performance in the pool. Water polo-specific dryland training programs designed for each player’s position, their strengths and weaknesses, and the team’s competition calendar are paying off big time in the pool. Coaches can see the difference in terms of wins and losses. They are also seeing a reduction in injuries and an ability of their players to go hard all season longHere’s a four-step guide on how to build a water polo-specific dryland program:

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Topics: S+C, Water polo

 

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