Participation in school water polo has become very popular, making it one of the fastest growing sports. Water polo is one of the best workouts around and is a great way for children to incorporate swimming and a ball sport into a team environment.
We are becoming more aware of overuse and acute injuries in water polo. Acute injuries, such as contusions, lacerations, sprains, dislocations or fractures usually occur when defending a player or wrestling for the ball. Overuse injuries are often the result of repeated movements, such as swimming, throwing and treading water.
The most common injuries are listed below.
- Shoulder injuries
Usually rehabilitation focusing on good posture, strengthening of the shoulder and core muscles, medication, rest, and icing are indicated as treatment.
- Thrower’s elbow
- Knee injuries
- Finger injuries
- Facial injuries
- Poor stamina and flexibility
- Beginners may not have the skills to meet the demands of the sport
- Poor technique puts unnecessary strain on joints and muscles
- Neglecting to wear protective equipment- a cap with ear guards, or a mouth guard
- Always warm-up before training and competition.
- Allow an adequate cool-down
- Strength and agility training, e.g. a combination of dry and wet training
- Improving the flexibility of the body by stretching
- Staying well hydrated
If your child complains of any of the above mentioned injuries or other pain, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your physiotherapist.