Relationship between Land Strength Work and Water Strength Work in Water Polo Players

Moisès Vila Blanch

Joan Solé

Josep Maria Padullés Riu

*Corresponding author: Moisès Vila Blanch

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Vila Blanch, M., Solé Fortó, J., & Padullés Riu, J. M. (2014). Relationship between Land Strength Work and Water Strength Work in Water Polo Players. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 118, 59-67.



The purpose of this study was to determine if there are any correlations between muscle power of the upper and lower extremities using the peck-deck exercise and leg press with throwing velocity using two different techniques (T1: throwing with initial support of the ball in the water; T2: throwing with double feint), the height and maintained height of jumping and anthropometric characteristics in 9 players from the Catalan water polo team (16.8 ± 0.8 years, body mass 73.5 ± 7.2 kg, height 184.7 ± 7.9 cm and BMI 21.5 ± 1.3 [kg·m-2]). The results indicate that although there is no statistical significance there is a tendency toward moderate correlation between the maximum power in the peck-deck exercise and maximum throwing velocity with both techniques (r = 0.50 p > 0.05 and r = 0.66 p > 0.05, technique 1 and technique 2 respectively). The correlations between maximum leg press power and the maximum height and maintained height of jumping were low and not significant (r = 0.31 p > 0.05 and r = 0.00 p > 0.05 respectively). Finally, we found that anthropometrically weight, size and muscle weight correlated with mechanical power on the peck-deck machine (r = 0.867 p < 0.01); (r=0.71 p< 0.05); (r = 0.86 p<0.01) respectively. 

Keywords: Body Composition, Mechanical Power, Strength, Water Polo.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: May 2, 2012

Accepted: May 2, 2013

Published: October 1, 2014