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.
A multitude of factors such as trauma, stress, or overuse can contribute to muscle weakness. When you exercise, there is a period of exertion and then recovery. It is normal to feel fatigue. When there is trauma, stress or overuse, the muscle may not recover until properly rested. If this is habitual, (i.e. sitting at the computer for hours per day, over the course of many years) then the result can be muscle weakness.
The central nervous system detects various forms of stress and as a defense mechanism, inhibits the ability of muscles to contract. When a particular set of muscles contract or shorten, the opposing or antagonist muscles lengthen. In contrast, the lengenthing muscles may lose their ability to lengthen because the opposite muscles cannot contract.
Your body produces a protection mechanism to keep the body from moving into a position of weakness or vulnerability. A sudden trauma to the body may also cause a muscle to become weakened, such as slipping on ice and moving into an extreme range of motion suddenly. Our goal is to eliminate this “tightness” by simply restoring your muscle’s ability to contract.
At MAT™ we say, “Muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness.” If you can correct the weakness, then most times you can eliminate the tightness.
- 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 an exercise-based process and research on exercise and its ability to improve health is well established. It is acknowledged that muscles are designed to stabilize the joints, so any improvement in muscle function may prevent the loss of physical performance often associated with arthritis and aging.
Many times a loss in muscle mass, or sarcopenia, is seen with aging. Because MAT™ ensures that each muscle is receiving a signal to contract, when you exercise with load, your body will now have the ability to maintain or gain muscle mass, thus reducing or eliminating sarcopenia. This can also reduce joint stresses that lead to, or exacerbate, arthritic conditions.
The first and major indication is that something may not feel right. This can be seen as joint pain, muscle tension or instability of a joint, or in other words tight hamstrings, tight lower back, shin splints, aching knees, or a hyper-extended joint. Any feelings of pain or tightness can be signs of possible muscle weakness.
We recommend that you visit a qualified MAT™ Specialist and have him or her do a thorough assessment. A MAT™ Specialist is highly skilled and trained with over 300 individual muscle tests to determine not only which muscles may be weakened, but also which specific fibers of these muscles. Check out our Specialist Page to find a specialist near you.
The answer is – maybe. If you have muscles that have been weakened due to prolonged stress or sudden trauma, then moving them into a position of vulnerability (contraction) may result in other muscles taking over or compensating. This leads to the weak muscles staying weak and the strong muscles getting stronger. This can lead to joint deterioration and chronic problems like tendonitis and arthritis due to imbalanced forces acting on the joint. The best course of action is to properly assess which specific motions are limited and which muscles are weakened and then to take a course of action to improve your muscle function.
MAT™ can tell you which muscles are weak, and then give you the tools to improve these weaknesses, so that you can get back to participating in the sports/activities that you enjoy from a position of strength.
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.
We recommend that you do the exercises two to three times per day for two weeks to restore the connection of a weakened muscle. Of course this varies with every individual. If you are continuing with the activity that contributed to the problem in the first place, it may be wise to discontinue this activity for a period of time and allow the body to heal. The exercises should help you to restore the connection and return to your normal exercise routine safely.
MAT™ is a technique that helps athletes recover from competitive stress quickly and help them prevent future injuries. MAT™ prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at high intensity levels. Because of this, there is always the risk for injury. Some athletes may be predisposed to an injury, due to muscular contraction inefficiencies that place increased stress on joints and tissues. When training at a high level, the inefficiencies are magnified, and sometimes the body can no longer handle the stress, eventually breaking down. It is like driving a car with bad alignment. The faster you drive it, the faster the tires are going to wear out. The body functions in much the same way.
The goal of MAT™ is to address the weakness before an injury occurs. Conventional therapy will typically treat the symptom, but the cause of the problem is typically left unaddressed. The end result is that the athlete does not heal, or they go on to experience repetitive injuries or a more severe injury.
MAT™ not only helps to prevent injuries, but it can also assist a rehabilitation process. By balancing the muscular system, MAT™ provides an improved environment for restoring physical performance. This allows the athlete to return to sport sooner with improved athletic capabilities.
“The benefit of MAT™ is that the changes can be immediate” says Greg Roskopf, the founder and developer of MAT. “A professional baseball pitcher increased his throwing velocity by 10 mph, immediately following a MAT™ session. This was due to improved mechanics combined with pain free motion. We see these types of changes every day.”
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).
We accommodate our students by offering a simple installment payment plan over the period of the 8-10 month course as well as the opportunity to pay the full amount in advance at a discounted rate.
The cost of the Specialist Program varies based on location.
- USA: $11,500.
- Canada: $12,500
- Mexico: $12,500
- Spain: $13,500
*All Specialist Program students are required to submit a $1000 deposit to confirm and hold your registration in the course, with a $2,500 remaining deposit due 30 days prior to the first day of the course. The remaining balance due is then broken down into equal monthly installment payments which vary based on the total cost of your internship and the monthly class schedule. Participants who pay in full in advance of the course beginning will received a $425 discount off of the entire cost of the course that they are attending.
Each of the MAT™ education programs are comprised of theory and practical application, so there is not an online learning option available at this time.
The Specialist Program consists of eight weekends total; seven of these weekends are 3-day weekends and one of them is a 4-day weekend. These eight weekend sessions are conducted over a period of 9 to 10 months. This gives our students ample time between modules to fully review and comprehend all of the content we deliver to them in each respective module.
MAT™ prefers that you have a background and degree in the exercise, sport science, biology, and anatomy fields but the organization considers each student individually based on professional and academic experience in various fields within the exercise continuum.
The MAT™ Certified Specialist exam is comprised of a written and practical portion. The written is long-essay format. Each student is given 16 hours (2 standard work days) to complete the written portion. The practical is a one-hour exam with a qualified instructor. The MAT™ Certified Specialist exam is $225 (this fee includes both the written and practical portions). Students who pass the Certification test are then listed on the MAT™ website and acknowledged as a Certified Specialist.
The course has been developed in a condensed format, so each weekend builds on the previous class weekend. MAT™ recognizes that this is not always logistically possible, and recommends that students contact our Education Coordinator, at 303 745 4270 ext. 4 or email us at: Info@muscleactivations.com for specific information on course Scheduling/make-up options.
Complete the following courses:
Muscle Activation Techniques™ Lower Extremity Masters
Muscle Activation Techniques™ Upper Extremity Masters
Muscle Activation Techniques™ Trunk & Spine Masters
Muscle Activation Techniques™ Foot Function
Muscle Activation Techniques™ Wrist & Hand
MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES™ CERVICAL MASTERS
Muscle Activation Techniques™Jumpstart Series: Lower Body, Upper Body, and Trunk & Spine
the RTSM Science 1: Musculoskeletal Mechanics – 3.5 days
- Times and locations of this module can be found at www.resistancetrainingspecialist.com
- Note: The RTS science module also counts for MAT™ continuing education credits.
Pass a 120-minute Practical and Oral exam To schedule an exam please contact the MAT™ corporate office at 303-745-4270 ext. 1
- Must wait 60 days after completing all pre-requisites to schedule the exams
- The cost for the exam is $400. To register for the final exam, please log into your muscleactivation account and reference the Resource documents for registration instructions
- PASS or FAIL grade will be given and you will be required to retest if a “FAIL” grade is given
The MAT™ Specialist program is developed as a continuous education experience and therefore students must commit to participating all 8 weekends of the course.
We will do our best to try to accommodate you if you have to miss a course. Please contact us at 303 745 4270 ext. 4 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on course scheduling/make-up options.
We have multiple payment options. Students may choose to pay the full amount in advance to receive a discounted rate or they may choose the installment plan that takes a $1000 non refundable deposit during registration, then approximately 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the first weekend module, a payment of $2500 is due. After this initial $3500 is paid, the remaining balance is split up into equal monthly payments to give our students flexibility in the payment process. Additionally, we have advanced installment plans that reduce a students monthly payment amounts depending on the starting time of their registration and payments
MAT™ is not considered a traditional academic institution, and therefore we do not have a FAFSA code. However, MAT™ is included in a series of offerings at Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, in which the MAT™ Specialist program is included as a foundational element of some of their programs. Students interested in pursuing a degree or program through Globe University should contact Matt Dye at 612-455-4735 or email him at email@example.com for more information.
Globe University programs that include MAT™ are eligible for federal student aid.
All MAT™ Specialists are required to fulfill 16 MAT™ Continuing Education Credits (CECs) annually in order to remain compliant.
MAT™ tracks CEC’s annually. To retain the status of Certified, each practitioner needs to take 16 in each calendar year.
Example: If a Certified specialist takes 16 MAT™ CEC’s anytime between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 they will have satisfied their CEC requirements for 2014 and will remain in the status of Certified through December 31, 2015. If a practitioner does not take their CECs during the calendar year period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, they will be removed from Certified status on January 1, 2015 (in this example) until they have satisfied their Continuing Education Credits for 2014. If this same specialist does not fulfill their requirements in the calendar year of 2015 they will be required by Muscle Activation Techniques™ to not only take the required CEC’s but also to retake the practical portion of their Certification test to ensure their skills meet MAT™ required levels.
MAT™ offers several CEC course options throughout the year. See our Masters program page for more details
In order to host a MAT™ Specialist Program, a location (typically the location employs one of MAT’s Certified Specialists) must hold a minimum of three successful Jumpstart series. Each Jumpstart series (all three weekends) must have at least 14 students. If you are interested in hosting a MAT™ Specialist Program please contact our Education & Marketing team at 303 745 4270.
Any MAT™ master level workshop, (these are displayed in the Education/Master level section of the website)
- Lower Body Masters
- Upper Body Masters
- Foot Function Masters
- Wrist and Hand Masters
- Trunk and Spine Masters
- Any Advanced Attachment class (8 hours)
Any MAT™ Specialist Program weekend module , or MAT™ Jumpstart weekend module is an approved option every OTHER calendar year
In the unique event that you want to petition us for another class to be considered, please feel free to contact us at Support@muscleactivation.com
To maintain your certification each year you need to complete 16 hours of approved Continuing Education Credits (CECs) and keep an updated copy of your liability insurance on file with MAT™ at all times.
MAT™ prefers that you take at least one MAT™ Master level class per year. In order to accommodate the busy schedules of our practitioners, MAT™ only requires that you take one MAT™ master level class at least every other year and supplement the alternate year with an MAT™ Jumpstart or MAT™ Specialist Program Module Weekend . Please reference our MAT™ Master Level course offerings to see the courses that you can take to fulfill your master level CEU’s for MAT™.
If you failed to keep the proper updated insurance on file, submitting a current/updated liability insurance with MAT™ listed as additionally insured will correct this and enable you to be eligible to be reinstated as Certified.
If you were unable to take the required MAT™ Continuing Education courses within the required time frame you will need to register and complete an MAT™ Master Level Class prior to being eligible to be considered a Certified MAT™ practitioner again.
If you go over two years without taking a required Continuing Education Class, you need to retake your MAT™ Specialists Certification practical exam prior to being allowed into a Master level class. Once you pass that exam you will need to complete a Master level workshop and then you will be back in good standing.
The Muscle Activation Techniques™ Jumpstart program.is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and American Council of Exercise (ACE) as a Continuing Education Provider. Our provider information is as follows:
1.6 ACE CECs – Course #CEP115378
1.6 NASM CEU’s – Provider # 584
Currently, master level classes are only offered in Denver, CO. Jumpstarts and Specialist Program weekends are offered in various locations around the world. Client Intake is available in a different location each year.
The MAT™ Jumpstart is not our MAT™ Specialist certification program, but there is an optional exam available for Jumpstart students. Once you complete all three Jumpstart modules, and pass the written and practical portion of the optional Jumpstart exam, you will receive a certificate indicating that you are MAT™ Jumpstart Certified. MAT™ will begin to display Jumpstart Certified students on its website directory in the near future.
The cost is $425 per module of the Jumpstart Course. If you register and pay for the entire series (3 modules), the price is reduced to $1149 (this is a $126 discount). We highly encourage all Jumpstart students to take the Jumpstart exam after you have completing the three modules. The cost for the exam is $75 (this fee includes both the written and practical portions). MAT™ will begin including all Jumpstart Certified students on its website directory in the near future.
The MAT™ Jumpstart program currently does not have a CEC (continuing Education Credits) requirement to retain your Jumpstart certification.
The Jumpstart Program consists of three 2-day weekends, which take place over the course of about 3 to 4 months. Lower Body is the first module, Upper Body is the second module, and Trunk & Spine is the third module.
If you are interested in hosting a MAT™ Specialist program or Jumpstart program please contact our Education & Marketing team at 303-745-4270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a prospective host, we will discuss the space, timing, and support requirements for each event. Additionally, as a host you will have certain local marketing commitments to uphold to ensure that your hosted event meets the minimum requirement for number of students per class.
The Jumpstart course is designed for students coming from any background. A background or degree in the exercise, sport science, biology, and anatomy fields is beneficial, but NOT required. The techniques and pace of this class are accessible to anyone interested and motivated to learn!