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Water Polo Fitness Testing

Water Polo is a very physically demanding sport, players need to have the fitness to tread water for extended periods without using their hands, palm off opponents, and pass and shoot at goal under fatigue. See more about Water Polo Fitness requirements.

Fitness testing for water polo players needs to measure the range of abilities required for success in the sport. Players need to have a very high aerobic fitness, they need to be strong swimmers, capable of fast short bursts of activity, and able to repeat these high intensity activities with minimal rest. Players are also generally very tall and have a long arm reach. Below are some tests that are appropriate to be used for monitoring and assessing the fitness of water polo players.

Fitness testing for water polo does not need to all conducted in the pool. When trying to isolate the components of fitness, land based tests are sometimes more appropriate.

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