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Water Polo March 16, 2012

Filed under: Water Polo — delaners @ 11:48 am

This may just look like some guy blowing bubbles underwater, but really he is being attacked in a sport known as water polo. Water polo is what I do for fun. Now you may ask, “What is water polo?” Well, water polo is complex contact sport played in the water.

First off, you’d need to learn how to eggbeater. It is similar to treading water, but with a wider stance to help you stay upright and ready for anything. the reason water polo players eggbeater is because the rules do not allow a player to stand on the bottom of the pool. If they were to  touch the bottom, the ball would be turned over to the other team.

Next, you’d need to learn to catch, throw and shoot the ball with one hand. You are not allowed to use two hands in a water polo game. Only the goalie can touch the ball with two hands.

After learning how to handle the ball, you’d need to learn the basic set up of a water polo play. there are three players close to the cage (goal) in a row, then closer to half court there is another row containing three players. Each of the players has a defender guarding them. The teammates then call out various plays and picks to help get a better chance at scoring a goal.

Seems simple enough right? Just swimming in a cool pool, playing catch with a few buddies. Well just add an opposing team who isn’t afraid to drown and hurt you to get that ball. This game can get pretty ugly very fast. All it takes is an accidental elbow to the face to start an all-out brawl.

There are many injuries that can occur as a result of playing water polo. The most common one (and the one I am currently afflicted with) is known as swimmers shoulder. The joint where the clavicle and acromion meet is known as the AC joint. In simpler terms, the place where the collar bone meets up with the shoulder bone is where swimmer’s shoulder usually effects. The joint becomes irritated and inflamed. It’s very painful, but no permanent damage occurs.

Other injuries, such as eye injuries, are common as well. If you play water polo, and you don’t come home with a few bruises and scratches, either you weren’t playing it right, or you had played against a very soft and easy team.

Water polo is one of my favorite things to do. not only is it fun, it’s also a great way to get rid of anger and aggression.

I would recommend water polo to anyone who loves to have fun and get a great work out while handling anger in a sportsman like conduct.

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