MAT® Jumpstart Program

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Enhance Your Practice

  • Offer clients a solution that addresses the muscular systems role in their chronic pain and injury.
  • Objectively evaluate, identify, and adjust biomechanical and muscular imbalances within the human body.
  • See how certain forms of exercise may lead to dysfunction and how to correct it.
  • ***Classes open to all*** The Jumpstart classes are NOT a prerequisite for the Specialist program.
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Upcoming Jumpstarts

MAT® Jumpstart Series – Monterrey, Mexico – May-Julio 2018

May` 19 - July` 22

Jumpstart Series – Denver, CO (July-September 2018)

July` 14 - September` 22

Jumpstart Series – Curitiba, Brazil (August – October 2018)

August` 18 - October` 27

Jumpstart Series – São Paulo, Brazil (August-Dezembro 2018)

August` 25 - December` 8

Jumpstart Series – Glastonbury, CT (September-December 2018)

September` 22 - December` 9

Jumpstart Series Madrid, Spain (septiembre-noviembre 2018)

September` 29 - November` 25


Designed for trainers and therapists

“Our introductory course is our Jumpstart Program. This course is designed for trainers and therapists that are working in the exercise environment. The program allows us to give a quick screening process to identify positional weaknesses and then through isometric contractions be able to restore strength through those positions of weakness and improve over all function and motion.” – Greg Roskopf, MAT® Founder and Developer


Learn in Jumpstarts

  • 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.
  • CAM® (Comparative Assessment of Mobility) testing to evaluate your client’s mobility and compensation patterns.
  • Isometric exercises to re-stimulate weak muscles for more efficient contraction

Opportunity with Jumpstarts

  • Deliver beneficial services to your clients allowing you to charge accordingly for your services.
  • See customers experience rapid improvements and experience their increased loyalty to your business.
  • Starting in 2017, we are approved CEU providers for American Council of Exercise (ACE) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for our Jumpstart Programs.

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FAQs

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 info@muscleactivation.com.  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!

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.

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.

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Course Details

This 6-day program has three intensive modules: Lower Body, Upper Body, and Trunk & Spine. This series is the foundation to Muscle Activation Techniques®, and an introduction to the neurophysiology, biomechanics, and practical application of MAT®.

Objectives

  • Teach therapists and trainers how to objectively evaluate and identify biomechanical imbalances within the human body.
  • Understand how biomechanical imbalances lead to repetitive stress and chronic overuse injuries.
  • Fill in the missing link within the exercise continuum.
  • Create an awareness that certain forms of exercise may lead to dysfunction.
  • Give therapists and trainers a system to check whether their treatment is working or not.
  • Examine how muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness.
  • Show how to identify and eliminate positional weaknesses that may lead to injury or further compensation.

Typical Schedule

Saturday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday*: 8:30am – 5:30pm

*Please note that class ends slightly early on Sunday of the last weekend to allow time for Jumpstart certification testing.



Interested in Hosting a Jumpstart?

We love hearing from partners in the community who are interested in hosting a Jumpstart Course. Please contact the MAT® Jumpstart Coordinator at: support@muscleactivation.com.