Patrick Ward is a strength and conditioning coach and licensed massage therapist. With over a decade of experience, he has worked with athletes of all levels from high school state champions to professional and Olympic athletes, and has consulted for collegiate and professional teams.
Patrick’s philosophy on training centers around three main tenets – move well, manage stress, and get fit. He has developed a unique methodology combining the evidence-based application of physiology, movement science and soft tissue therapy with emerging technologies. Using this holistic approach to performance improvement and guided by a passion for education and discovery, Patrick helps athletes achieve peak performance and reduce risk of injury.
He has emerged as a key player and influential figure in the field, highly regarded by peers and professional organizations. He is often invited to speak and lead hands-on workshops at industry events by NSCA, Boston Sports Medicine & Performance Group, Okanagan Strength & Conditioning, Seattle Sounders, and various other universities and professional teams. He has also assisting in teaching Neuromuscular Therapy Courses to massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors, with Judith DeLany through the Neuromuscular Therapy Center.
After beginning his career in New York City, he founded Optimum Sports Performance in 2006 in Phoenix, AZ, and currently resides in Seattle, WA.
Patrick feels strongly that one should never stop learning. He frequently attends continuing education events and stays up-to-date with industry research and literature. In addition to his ever growing library of books, scientific journals and DVDs, some of his other sources for continuing education include:
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Active Release Therapy (ART)
BSMPG Boston Sports Medicine Conference
Central Virginia Sports Medicine Conference
Functional Anatomy Seminars
Gray Cook / Functional Movement
International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)
Mike Boyle Seminars/Workshops
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Okanagan Strength & Conditioning Conference
Perform Better Seminars
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
Seattle Sounders Sports Science Seminar
Strength Pro Strength Summit
Titleist Performance Institute
USA Weightlifting Workshops