Thanks to Kay Copeland, Victorian Women's Water Polo Squad Physiotherapist for her expertise and ideas and also to the athletes involved in the trial for giving their time.
Water polo athletes perform without a firm base of support with few studies investigating functional water-based assessment of trunk neuromuscular control.
To describe and trial water-based core stability assessment tasks and determine any trends for relation-ships with injury status.
6 sub-elite female water polo athletes.
Water-based assessment included control of rotation in supine and prone float using the metacenter principle, vertical jump and tethered ‘eggbeater’ kick distance and endurance.
The two subjects who demonstrated reduced control and moderate pelvic rotation in floating positions included the only player with groin pain still limiting training and the youngest and least experienced player. These players also scored lower in the other water based measures. There was no clear relation-ship between tethered maximum distance and endurance.
Water-based assessment needs reliability testing and further investigation in water polo athletes.