Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Injury Prevention

Injury prevention strategies are big business in professional sports. This is due to the cost in terms of treatment and playing time lost when an injury occurs.
But it's not just professional athletes who should be taking injury prevention seriously. Even for an amateur athlete or "just for fun" athlete, many types of injury can be prevented, which in turn prevents time off work and costly treatment sessions.
With this in mind, here are the top 10 commandments for preventing sports and exercise injuries:

--Continue Article HERE:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Articles of Interest. March 7 2014

12 Daily Do's for Leaders

Student-athletes of all ages often wonder, "What can I do to be a better leader?"
Fortunately leadership opportunities abound and present themselves on a daily basis. While they may be subtle, leaders are usually given at least a dozen opportunities to demonstrate leadership every single day.

Discover 12 Daily Do's for Leaders

Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is a constant effort for many swimmers, requiring a hydration plan around exercise and vigilance for signs of dehydration. In young athletes, a 1% dehydration can impair athletic performance (a one-pound weight loss in a 100# athlete). 

A plan for drinking enough fluids throughout the day is the best defense against dehydration. For a recap on how much to drink and when, see this article.

What if you could monitor and correct your own hydration? Ultimately, that is the goal for a self-sufficient athlete—to know your body well enough to make adjustments when things are off.  

Learn About Staying Hydrated

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Practice Summary - Thursday, March 5th

3/5/14 - Thurs

Dryland (30 min)
Individual passing/catching against wall (straight on/ crossface/ outside)
Grip strength exercises, upside down grip challenge (r/l)
Ball Side Defense lecture
30 sec wall sit/ 10 pushups all x 4
plyo jumps

Lap Lanes (30 min)
Warmup Laps
sprints (5-to-5s)
dribbling, dribbling w/ flick pass, dribbling w/ shooting position
partner passing while treading

Polo pool (1hr)
partner passing, triangle passing, triangle high tips, 5 person triangle w/defenders
post line shooting/pass and swim
one possession drill (doubles)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Important Videos and Articles for Wapo

Players and Parents,

Kraken Water Polo players need to take the time to watch all of these videos and to read all of these articles as soon as possible. This will be very important over the season, and we will only be talking very briefly about these things in practice. Especially if you have missed, or will be missing practices over the rest of the season, you need to watch/read these. And a few weeks from now, watch/read them again.
Thank you.

CWPA Tips of the Week- With Olympians Wolf Wigo and Bradley Schumacher
Drive Defense and Taking away ball side:
Outside Turn, beginner and advanced:

Championship Series-With Olympian Brenda Villa
Getting ball side position on offense:
Sealing off, Separation, Turn:

Polo 101 Series- With Coach Farkas of Shaquatics
(Made for a young age team, some physical aspects of wapo not addressed)

Articles by Robert Gaughran (a little dated, but the main points are still very valid)
Situational Fundamentals-
Water Polo Commandments-
Defensive Tactics-

Thank you. I am available if anyone has any questions from these videos/articles. I hope you learned a lot.

Water Polo Men's Classification 5/6 - Hungary v Spain Full Replay - London 2012 Olympic Games

Water Polo Men's Classification 5/6 - Hungary v Spain Full Replay - London 2012 Olympic Games

Fun little game to watch. GHSWPA refs don't call quite the same, but a good learning experience anyway!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dryland Workout 7-17-13: 
Good Luck!!! 
---Don't forget to hydrate during the rest periods---

4 step lunges, 5 pushups, 10 crunches,
30 sec “high knees” running in place,
5 leglifts, 5 squats, 20 side leg lifts,
30 sec perfect pushup position plank,
3 supermans, 3 frog jumps,
10 windmill arms, 10 head roll stretches,
30 sec wall sit, 10 calf raises,
100 Crunches (optional: vary left/right)
[1 min rest]

First Set (no rest, push through)
10 pushups
20 mountain climbers
20 leg lifts
40 sec fast scissor kicks (w/core engaged)
[1 min rest]

Second Set (no rest, push through)
10 squats
14 side lunges (7 Each Leg)
14 step lunges (7 Each Leg)
5 Power Jumps
[1 min rest]

Last Set (Focus on the good burn!!)
6x30Tight Fast Arm circles 
(30/per direction/ per position) 
Engaged, Straight Arms
Do 1-3 circling inwards, then 1-3 again opposite direction.
Position 1- Shoulder width, arms out to front, "zombie"
Position 2- Shoulder height, arms out to side, the letter "T"
Position 3- Shoulder width, arms up vertical, "field goal"

2x10 Supermans (2 sec hold, 30 sec between set)
2x10 Tricep Dips (slow down/fast up, 30 sec between set)

Cool Down
1 Mile Cool Down (descending speed gradually from jogging to slow easy walk. 10 minutes estimated)
5-10 Minutes Full Body Stretching (breathe deep)
Recovery Food/Drink (don't wait more than 30 min after workout for this!)



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Swim Set!! (12-25-12)

50 fly

100 back

2 x100 IMs

8 x 50 @ Interval

4x75 Free/Stroke/Free

2 x 150 Stroke Pull  (Build)

6x75 Stroke “Drill - Swim - Drill ”

4x200 Stroke Int .……. 6x100 Stroke Int.

6 x 25 no breather ……… 100 Stroke For time