Playing water polo is one of the most physically strenuous and demanding tasks going. As sports go, water polo is right up there in terms of the strain it puts on your body. Without proper safety precautions and care, sports accidents and injuries are never far away when playing water polo.
What are the most common injuries when playing water polo?
The most common types of sports injury associated with playing water polo include the following.
Unlike most sports, water polo doesn’t offer any opportunity to pause and take a breather. Even if you are far away from the action, you will still be treading water. The need for constant movement and effort puts you at risk of suffering from cramp, especially in the legs.
Suffering cramp can be painful at the best of times. When playing water polo, the element of danger is significantly magnified simply because you’re in the water.
- Muscular strains
Water polo players are not as susceptible to some impact injuries as other sports such as football and rugby. However, they are more vulnerable to muscular strains. Trying to launch yourself from the water to grab the ball can easily lead to a painful strain or pull in the leg muscles.
- Bumps and bruises
Playing water polo is surprisingly physical. Those who have played regularly will tell tales of the kind of skulduggery that goes on beneath the surface. It’s not uncommon to finish a game with bumps, marks and bruises all over your arms and legs. Just because water polo is a relative niche sport doesn’t mean it’s any less competitive.
- Head injuries
From collisions with other players to the hard pool walls, there are numerous potential causes of head injuries when playing water polo. Matches are fiercely competitive with no inch given or taken. Sometimes, the win the ball at all costs mentality can result in serious water polo accidents.
Can I claim if I am hurt playing water polo?
If you are injured playing water polo in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due water polo injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience processing personal injury claims, including those arising from sporting accidents.
Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis and settle the vast majority of cases outside of court. Talk to our expert advisors today by dialling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.