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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2021 Mar 26

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.21.12318-7


language: English

Agility, vertical jump, and shot velocity of Brazilian water polo players: correlations and top performances analysis

Camila D. de CASTRO 1, Guilherme TUCHER 2, Diego A. PAIXÃO 1, Dieisson M. VASQUES 1, Nuno D. GARRIDO 3, Flavio A. de SOUZA CASTRO 1

1 Aquatic Sports Research Group, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil; 2 Aquatic Sports Science Research Group, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; 3 Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development, CIDESD, University of Trás-os-Montes & Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal


BACKGROUND: Agility, vertical jump (VJ), and shot velocity (SV) are associated with water polo (WP) performance. Aims - (i) to identify the performance in agility, VJ and SV; (ii) to verify the correlations between the variables; and (iii) to identify the 90th and 95th percentile of each variable.
METHODS: Fifty-five male WP players (aged 21.6 ± 8.2 years; experience in WP: 8.5 ± 6.1 years) were assessed in three specific in-water tests: (i) Functional Test for Agility Performance; (ii) VJ; and (iii) SV. The 95th and 90th percentiles were identified (5% and 10% best results). Correlations were tested with Pearson Correlation test.
RESULTS: Agility, VJ, and SV, were, respectively: 3.8 ± 0.3 s; 137.5 ± 14.3 cm; and 17.9 ± 1.4 m·s-1. For the 95th percentiles, nine players were identified, all different players, three at each parameter. For the 90th percentile, 16 players were included, but just one player ws in the 10% best result for the three variables. Correlations (p ≤ 0.05) were found for agility vs. VJ (r = -0.38) and for agility vs. SV (r = - 0.25).
CONCLUSIONS: Although correlations have been found between the variables, it was not possible to verify the pattern of better players in the three parameters evaluated.

KEY WORDS: Sports; Assessment; Motor talent

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