Performance Biomechanics

per•for•mance

The way in which someone or something functions.

bi•o•me•chan•ics

The study of the mechanics of a living body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure.

Muscle Activation Techniques

The Founder Of MAT

Greg Roskopf is the owner and president of Muscle Activation Techniques in Denver Colorado. He holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology form California State University Fresno, and is a biomechanical consultant to the NFL, NBA, and numerous other professionals. Greg has developed Muscle Activation Techniques over a 15-year process of research, application and collaboration. His work and findings are continuously reviewed in trade and academic publications

What is MAT? (Muscle Activation Techniques)

Muscle Activation Techniques

In recent years, a revolutionary new process has evolved for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. It has dramatically improved functional capabilities in people of all age groups, providing a pain free lifestyle along with elevating sports performance and career longevity in several professional athletes. This process is a biomechanically-based system called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)™.

How does MAT work?

For a more simplistic approach to understanding muscle function, compare the body to a car. The initiation of a muscle contraction occurs similarly to the way a battery initiates the starting of a car. Both rely on connections that transfer electrical energy to produce a reaction. Our nerves that run from the spinal cord to the muscle are just like the cables that run from the ignition and connect to the battery. When the key is turned in the ignition, the impulses transfer through the cables to the battery allowing the car to start.

Similarly, in the body, when a message is sent from the brain, the input is transferred through the nerves to the muscles creating muscle contraction. Each muscle is independently innervated; therefore it can be seen as having many batteries, each connected by its own independent cables. When the body is functioning properly, with all batteries connected, each muscle will contract on demand and the body will function very efficiently.

Why is MAT vital for athletes?

Stability and controlled range of motion is vital for athletes in all sports. The ability to hold a position or transition from one position to the next -- while naturally controlling the elements of balance, speed, strength and power -- is essential for peak performance. The extra time and effort spent in ensuring that athletes' muscular systems are functioning at optimal levels will allow them to be at the top of their games, every season of their careers.

By testing individual positions and muscles for instability, Muscle Activation Techniques supplies the crucial missing link in conventional training. Stability, of course, can be created on a conscious level by focusing and bracing muscles. As athletes in all sports are aware, however, there is often no time to think and brace. The "unexpected" occurs frequently and there is only time to react. MAT helps to create an underlying, sub-conscious muscular stability that remains present and ever-ready so that when an athlete moves without thinking or when an unexpected load is placed on the body, he or she remains in control.

Without correcting potential weaknesses or instability, conventional training simply strengthens and trains the existing working muscles. Over time this leads to the strong muscles becoming stronger and the weak growing weaker which reinforces imbalances, generates compensation and creates a higher likelihood of injury.

Muscle Activation Techniques allows athletes to work harder, recover faster, and enhance performance -- keeping them physically and mentally in the game, as well as extending the length of their professional careers on the field.

The Results

  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Increased Strength, Speed, Power, and Endurance
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Decreased incidence of injury
  • Quicker reaction time
  • Heightened sense of Balance, and Stability
  • Career Longevity
  • Maximized results from you training program
  • Faster recovery from injuries

The MAT Process

  • Step 1 -- Comparative Mobility Assessment
    Comparative Assessment of Mobility (CAM) identifies limitations in motion, as well as asymmetrical motion. Muscle Activation Techniques™ addresses the muscles that lack the signal to move the bones into the position of restriction.
  • Step 2 -- Active Muscle Contract & Sustain Assessment
    The MAT practitioner next evaluates each muscle to determine if there is proper neurological input. This evaluation involves testing the muscle's ability to react to and meet a specific magnitude and rate of force application, as delivered by the practitioner. It lets the practitioner know if the muscles can respond to forces applied in every day function.
  • Step 3 -- Two Methods of Treatment
    Method 1: This method of improving contractile tissue capabilities involves a light contraction by the athlete in a very specific position and force direction. The MAT Specialist provides a barrier to motion (isometric contraction) created by the athlete.
    Method 2: Using the Treatment Direct Pressure Applied Perpendicular to Muscle Attachment Tissues (DFAMAT) , the MAT Practitioner's fingers apply a specific force perpendicular to the athlete's muscular attachment site on the bones for a duration of 1-4 seconds per site. This stimulates sensory receptors that in turn we expect to increase motor neuronal pool activation to the muscle associated with that attachment. Many clients experience this as "waking up" the muscle, "increasing the muscular strength" and/or enhancing their proprioception (knowing where the body or joint is in space without visual input).
  • Step 4 – Reassessment
    This is the checks and balances system of MAT. The practitioner then reassesses the Active Muscle Contract & Sustain tests. Once all muscles involved in the specific Comparative Mobility Assessment have been "treated", a reassessment of the Range of Motion occurs