Water Polo Intermittent Shuttle Test (WIST)

This Water Polo Intermittent Shuttle Test (WIST) is a water polo specific fitness test, created by IƱigo Mujika (Mujika et al., 2006), to assess a player's ability to perform repeated high-intensity efforts interspersed with brief periods of active recovery. The test is designed to mimic the demands of the sport of water polo, and is based on the running Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1. Mujika et al. (2006) showed the test to be a reliable, sensitive and valid match-fitness test for water polo players. See also the 10 meter Multistage Shuttle Swim Test, a continuous water beep test designed for water polo players.

purpose: To assess the ability of water polo players to perform repeated high-intensity swimming efforts.

equipment required: swimming pool with lane ropes 7.5 meters apart, test cd, cd player.

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender, pool conditions. Measure and mark out the test area. Perform an appropriate warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: The test is based on the yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 1 protocol, and the timings used is the same as in that test, though the distance is different. The test consists of a series of out-and-back 7.5-meter swim shuttles interspersed with ten seconds of active recovery. The shuttles increase in speed and the players must keep pace by timing their swimming pace with audio signals. The test continues until the swimmer cannot keep up with the desired pace.

scoring: The athlete's score is the level and number of shuttles reached before they were unable to keep up with the recording. Sometimes the total distance swum is recorded.

target population: This is a test of fitness for competitive water polo players. The test is suitable for all players (male and female) ranging from school/club standard through to international level.

advantages: The test allows a whole team to have their aerobic fitness effectively assessed using minimal time and pool space.

disadvantages: As with the running beep test, practice and motivation levels can influence the score attained, and the scoring can be subjective.

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