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 In-House, Online Modules, and Full Online Certificate Specialist Programs

Online Certificate Specialist Program – Starts January 6th, 2020!

Jan 6, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020

Online Lower Body Module

Jan 6, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020

Online Upper Body Module

Jan 6, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020

Online Trunk and Spine Body Module

Jan 6, 2020 - Mar 27, 2020

Online Cervical, Hand and Foot Module

Jan 6, 2020 - Mar 29, 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

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.

Each of the MAT® education programs are comprised of theory and practical application which can be learned in a classroom and online. We currently offer online modules of the Specialist Program in collaboration with Broadview University. Learn more by clicking here!
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 8 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. The Online Specialist Program is comprised of 4 modules: Lower Body, Upper Body, Spine, and Cervical, Hand and Foot. These modules are offered through Broadview University and each module can be completed at an individual pace within a 12 week period. Each module culminates with a required, two-day lab at the MAT® headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Broadview University is now offering a 12-month certificate in Muscle Activation Techniques. This is a 36 credit program and can be completed in as few as 4 quarters. This program is offered online with a lab component.
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 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.

The In-House MAT® Specialist Certification Exam is comprised of a written and practical portion.
  • The practical exam is done on site during the 8th Weekend of the program. Students will be required to perform one random muscle test for all sections of the body (Lower Body, Upper Body, Trunk & Spine, Cervical and Accessory Muscles). There will also be a section where each student will perform a "session" on a classmate. They will answer questions on thought process during this time.
  • The written exam is a take home exam, emailed on the final weekend, with 10 essay questions. Students have one week to complete the written exam. The written exam will be sent back to MAT® Headquarters to be graded.
  • If the student is unable to take the certification exam on the 8th weekend, the protocol is as follows:
    • The MAT® Specialist Certification exam must be taken within a year of completing the Specialist Program. It is comprised of a written and practical portion. The written is long-essay format with 30 questions. 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 $250 at the MAT® Headquarters (this fee includes both the written and practical portions). There are other location options to take the practical exam, you can find them by clicking here. Students who pass the Certification test are then listed on the MAT® website and acknowledged as a Certified Specialist.
  The Online MAT® Specialist Module Certification Exam details are:
  • For each of the MAT® Online Modules, the Unit 12 Quiz is considered the final written test and the practical exam for certification takes place at the required 2-day lab held at the MAT® World Headquarters in Denver, CO.

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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 a combined written and practical exam administrated on the 8th weekend in Denver at the MAT® World Headquarters. The written exam is a take home exam with 10 essay questions.

*Acceptance and successful progression through the Muscle Activation Techniques® coursework does not automatically ensure certification or licensure eligibility. Licensure requirements are determined within cities, counties, municipalities, and states and students need to research local requirements to ensure compliance.*