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Fitness Components for Water Polo

In addition to the high level of skill required to play water polo, to be successful you need, among other things, good aerobic endurance, upper and lower body strength and power, and be a good swimmer! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for water polo, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a waterpolo player.

You Need Endurance

We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in water polo. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are muscular endurance and cardiovascular (aerobic) endurance. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.

You Need to be skillful

In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of water polo, and the most important according to them are: Skill and Technique (you need to be a good swimmer), aerobic fitness, strength and power, and speed. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Water Polo Players, and see the latest results.

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Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)

4.5 Skill and Technique
4.4 Aerobic Endurance
4.3 Strength & Power
4.3 Speed / Quickness
4.2 Reaction Time
4.2 Analytic & Tactical Ability
4.2 Motivation & Self Confidence
4.2 Coping with Pressure Situations
4.0 Agility
3.9 Balance & Coordination
3.6 Body Size and Composition
3.1 Flexibility

Are You an Expert?

I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in water polo, go here to add your opinion.

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