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Shuttle swim test


The Shuttle swim test was developed to assess the aerobic fitness of water polo players.

What is the point?

Developed by sport scientists in Western Australia, the Shuttle swim test is a variation on the land based beep test.

Also known as the Water Polo Intermittent Shuttle Test (WIST) or the 10 meter Multistage Shuttle Swim Test (MSST), it is a highly effective way to assess a player's ability to perform repeated high-intensity efforts interspersed with brief periods of active recovery.

This is a highly realistic replication of the sorts of demands players will face during a game.

What do you need?

  • Swimming pool
  • CD
  • CD player
How do you do the test?

  • Players swim, then rest, then swim, in accordance with the instructions and cadence of the CD.

What results you'll get :

Your score is the level and number of shuttles reached before you are unable to keep up with the recording.

By repeating this test on a regular basis, you can keep up with your fitness over the course of a season.

What is being measured again?

Aerobic fitness, specifically for with trained water polo players




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