Observing sport is a great way to appreciate human structure and function. High-level athletes can teach us a lot about optimal performance and even dysfunction. Watching skilled athletic movement at the collegiate or professional level stimulates us to ask questions and scrutinize our existing training methods. This continuing education quiz identifies the need to introduce warding patterns as part of a well-balanced training and conditioning program. Practicing warding patterns elicits adaptations that are authentic to our physiology and can transfer to sports and daily activities. Learn what a warding pattern is, how they aren’t just for athletes, and the importance of timing, vector variability and load. Learn how they are categorized into three thresholds, with each threshold having six guidelines for proper regression and progression. This is a great quiz to reinforce how the body’s various systems “share responsibility” for producing stable motion with maximal efficiency.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Define “warding patterns” in the context of sport and in physiological terms.
- Identify the need for warding patterns in a well-balanced exercise program.
- Analyze the training effects of warding patterns and the adaptations that result.
- Describe the guidelines for proper regression and progression schemes.
- Demonstrate beginner, intermediate and advanced drills that systematically add incremental stress to the system for proper adaptation.