MAT® Specialist Program

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Take Your Business To The Next Level

  • Differentiate yourself from other health industry professionals
  • Address a void in the conventional rehabilitation and exercise protocols .
  • Deliver the benefits of Muscle Activation Techniques® to your clients
  • Explore the complexity of the muscular system’s role in injuries and performance enhancement
  • ***Participation in the Jumpstart program is NOT a required prerequisite for the Specialist program***

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Upcoming Specialist Programs

April 2018 MAT® Specialist Program – Denver, CO

April` 20 - December` 16

October 2018 Specialist Program – Denver, CO

Oct 26, 2018 - Jun 9, 2019

PROGRAMA MAT® SPECIALIST – Querétaro (ENERO 2019 – FEBRERO 2020)

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 10, 2020


What is the Specialist Program like?

 

“In the Specialist Program we learn specific muscle tests and treatments. This 8 month course teaches you an unique approach that accounts for all of the muscles in the body. This total body process is designed to improve the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system.” – Greg Roskopf, Founder and Developer of MAT®

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Learn in the MAT® Specialist Program

  • Background on the development of MAT® and its decades long history of helping people
  • The Roskopf Principle and its focus on muscle contractile efficiency relative to limitations in Range of Motion.
  • How to be proficient in assessing, identifying, and treating muscle dysfunction by focusing on the cause of the pain.

Opportunity as an MAT® Specialist

  • Become an MAT® certified practitioner after completing the rigorous course and certification process
  • Increase the level of beneficial services you bring to your clients allowing you to charge accordingly for your services,
  • See clients experience rapid improvements and their increased loyalty to your business.

FAQs

MAT® was founded on the principle that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that a muscle’s ability to contract efficiently is important for normal movement. Any loss of muscle contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which may lead to pain and/or the loss of physical capabilities. MAT® is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to develop efficient muscle contraction(s) by first comparing left and right side range of motion, as the human body is designed to be symmetrical. If a movement is determined to be asymmetrical (i.e. one limb has a greater range of motion than then opposite limb) as determined by the Comparative Assessment of Mobility or CAM, then we know that one or more muscles that moves the less mobile limb is potentially weak. The muscles that are responsible for moving the limb further are then assessed by the MAT® Specialist to determine if they have lost the ability to contract efficiently. When it has been determined through testing that a muscle has lost its ability to contract, then precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency, re-activating that muscle. As muscles are restored to efficient contraction, MAT® uses a system of accountability (checks and balances) to ensure that any increases in motion and symmetry are accompanied by improvements in a muscle’s contractile ability.
MAT® does not force change on the body but instead works with it to make improvements, causing changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. An MAT® specialist listens to your body’s responses and changes their treatment decisions based on these responses. Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. Therefore, no treatment session is ever the same. MAT® does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance. MAT® differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT® is not trying to "relax" muscle, but instead tries to "activate" the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.
  • Determine whether or not the brain is properly signaling to your muscles to contract when necessary
  • Identify which muscles are not receiving neural input  by performing range of motion tests
  • Improve the stability of your joints by reactivating muscles and their ability to contract on demand
  • Provide a checks and balances system to make sure that any time mobility is increased, there is appropriate input and therefore contraction during this motion
Yes! MAT® is a precise and focused exercise process that can be used as an adjunct to any number of other exercise processes. MAT® can help an individual prepare for exercise, help someone sustain an exercise program and support rehabilitation for certain conditions when deemed appropriate by medical providers.
The Jumpstart Program introduces the fundamental concepts of MAT®. It provides professionals with the ability to assess for positional weaknesses and monitor how the body handles forces. In the Jumpstarts, students will learn specific isometric exercises designed to increase stability. Many people choose to take the Jumpstarts as a introduction to the Specialist Program and to determine if MAT® fits with his or her practice. The Jumpstart program is 3 weekends long (one weekend module a month for 3 months). The MAT® Specialists Program is our certification program. A student needs to complete this course in order to test and become a MAT® Certified Specialist who will then be recognized and listed on our website as a practitioner that we have certified. In these courses, students learn to assess for isolated weaknesses, learning muscle tests for nearly every muscle in the body. Students will attain the skills to activate every muscle throughout the body through very specific palpation techniques. Due to the complexity of the skill set needed to identify every potential muscle weakness in the body, the Specialist Program is a much more extensive education process, spanning 8 weekends (one weekend a month for 8-10 months).  

The school does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.

All Prospective students must be at least 18 years of age and at a minimum, have a High School Diploma. MAT® students will be required to sign a student waiver prior to the class beginning. As a part of this, the students will be required to affirm their receipt of a High School Diploma or GED and confirming that they are 18 years or older.

Prospective Specialist Series students are encouraged but not required to have a background and secondary degree in the exercise, sport science, biology, and anatomy fields.  MAT® encourages but does not require professional and academic experience in various fields within the exercise continuum.

Prospective Master Specialist Students are required to have completed the MAT® Specialist program.

Prospective MAT® Rx students are invited to this course based on these primary criteria:  Currently an Active MAT® Specialist, who has taken at least the Masters Foot Function and Wrist and Hand program in the past 24 calendar months and has been an active MAT® practitioner for over 24 months.

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Course Details

This 10 month program has eight 3-day intensive weekends. The MAT® Internship is comprised of four units; Lower Body, Upper Body, Trunk & Spine, and Cervical Spine and accessory muscles and integration. This course provides students with the education they need to become MAT® Certified Specialists.

Objectives

  • To educate all segments of the health industry on the benefits of Muscle Activation Techniques®
  • To offer new opportunities for advancement of careers within the health industry
  • To train specialists across the country in order to make Muscle Activation Techniques®‚ available to anyone that experiences pain or injury
  • To expand the MAT® program both nationally and internationally
  • To provide trainers and physical therapists with a way to immediately increase their income potential while separating themselves from their respective fields

Interested MAT® candidates should, but are not required to, have:

  • Have a degree in health or exercise related fields
  • Have a thorough understanding of anatomy
  • Have a passion for their work and the well-being of others

Typical Schedule

Instruction and practical application over 8, 3 day weekends

Friday: 8:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 8:00 – 4:00
Sunday: 8:00 – 1:30



Course Outline

Week 1 & 2 – Lower Body
Week 3 & 4 – Upper Body
Week 5 & 6 – Trunk & Spine
Week 7 & 8 – Cervical Spine & Accessory Muscles & Integration

All classes will be directed specifically towards each interns educational background

MAT® Commitment

  • 176 hours of education on MAT® Technique, which includes lecture and practical work
  • Covers all components of Muscle Activation Techniques®, including muscle function, origin and insertion points, and palpation methods.
  • In depth analysis of gait, function, muscular integration and orthotic therapy
  • Education on the thought processes of all related therapy techniques
  • An understanding that will enable each person to evaluate compensation patterns that lead to tight muscles as well as pain and injury

Testing Requirements

  • Midterm will be a 4 hour combined written and practical exam
  • Final exam will be an extensive 8 hour combined written and practical exam administrated in Denver at the MAT® World Headquarters.