Water polo is not a game that the majority of people enjoy watching.
Many people call it “the most boring sport”, “easy”, and “not entertaining.” However, people who are on the team in my high school say that it should be categorized as the most difficult sport.
While you have to remain floating in the same spot, you also have to swim around with a ball in your hand above the water. Not only that, but also they are physically fighting underwater. The crowd watching the game only sees things that are happening above the water while most things are occurring underwater.
Many people in water polo have scars on their bodies from ‘fighting’ underwater. Some water polo athletes view it as a very dangerous sport. “Some people purposely grow out their nails and file them in order to ‘stab’ other people during the games,” according to one player.
Water polo is seen as one of the hardest sports because it is one of the sports that completely works out your entire body. Players use their lower bodies, mostly legs, to ‘beat’ the water in order to stay afloat while arms are used to swim and most importantly pass the ball around. Therefore upper body and lower body strengths are both very necessary and important.
Although many people underestimate water polo, considering the water polo athletes’ words, it does seem like a very difficult sport which not all people are capable of playing. It still may not be as entertaining as other sports because the major actions that may be worth watching are taken underwater, but we should appreciate the athletes and not underestimate them. We should know that all sports have their own unique qualities, are all meaningful to someone, and that all sports take a lot of effort to play.