Pan AM Aquatics Water Polo Footwork

pan am aquatics waterpolo    Picture this: soccer in a pool, goalies at either end, players sprinting as they follow the ball…AND no one is allowed to let their feet touch the bottom at any time.  It takes footwork called Egg-Beater Kicks to keep them up and running.

Egg-Beater Kicks

The faster their feet move, the greater the propulsive forces. This gives the players more height in the water.  During their kicks, the right leg moves counterclockwise and the left leg moves clockwise. These alternating circular movements produce an upward force. Their feet trace an elongated oval path almost touching the back of their thighs during maximal knee flexion, finishing in a low position almost under their hips with their knees almost extended.

This is a contact sport. For good measure, water polo players get their toenails checked before games. The nails must not extend past the tip of the digit.

Go to –


Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)



Toe Nail Tales: Ultra-Marathon Runners

Toes toenail removal for extreme runners

Some runners go to extreme lengths for a comfortable run; they have their toenails surgically removed.  While beat-up toenails are marks of distinction for the ultra-marathon runners, toenail injuries are serious business.  Blistering under the nails, bruising, ingrown and lost toe nails effect the gait and cause suffering. Pain and the love of the sport are enough to motivate drastic measures.

Permanent toenail removal is not for the faint-hearted. Runners tend not to watch as they undergo the 45-minute procedure. A podiatrist anesthetizes the tip of the toe, applies a tourniquet at the base to limit bleeding, softens the tissue, trims the nail to its root and then pulls the nail out from its bed. A final swipe of carbolic acid prevents regrowth.

Normal activity, even running, can be resumed within days of the removal, although it takes weeks to fully heal. Repeat procedures may be necessary before the toenail stops growing back completely.