In recent years, a revolutionary new method has been developed for correcting muscular imbalances in the body. This technique has dramatically improved functional capabilities in all age groups and elevated sports performance and career longevity in competitive athletes. This biomechanically-based method, called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), was developed by Greg Roskopf, a biomechanics consultant for the Denver Broncos and the Utah Jazz.

What makes MAT different?

Current forms of therapy and exercise recognize muscle tightness as the primary factor that leads to pain or injury. The MAT process is radically different. It looks at muscle weakness as the cause of limitations in range of motion. Muscle tightness is the end product of reciprocal muscle weakness. When the body recognizes instability–muscle weakness–it protects itself, sending messages to surrounding muscles to tighten up in an attempt to support and protect the joint. This is why you continually have to stretch or massage the same area. MAT treats the causes of your pain or tightness not symptoms.

How does MAT work?

With a systematic evaluation procedure, which correlates limitations in range of motion to muscle weakness, MAT addresses the weak neurologically inhibited muscles through Precision Palpation and corrective isometrics. In turn, the protective contractions diminish, which increases joint range of motion. The end result is not only increased range of motion, but also stability throughout the range of motion. Results can instant and about 2-6 1hr sessions are needed to eliminate the cause.

How does MAT relate to golf?

MAT can help golfers enhance every part of their game by ensuring that the muscular system is performing its job optimally. If the muscular system breaks down then joint pain, overuse injuries, back pain, knee pain and many other injuries can occur. Also, if you are experiencing range of motion limitations in your swing, this is most likely caused by muscle imbalances developed as a result of the repetitive strain of the swing. This limitation could be an injury lying in wait. Following a MAT treatment golfers report having an increase in their swing smoothness and power. This is due to the fact that every muscle is performing its job in perfect synchronization. Your body is designed to move without you thinking of every little thing needed to move the body; it just gets you from point A to B. Have you ever thought about how you walked from one place to the other? No, you just did it. All muscles should work without having to focus on them. If a muscle is switched off then it won’t work no matter how hard you focus, other muscles will compensate which eventually causes pain and injuries. Have you ever tried to focus on every little movement of a golf swing, it is impossible, but you play your best when in the “zone” where everything is working without any thinking. MAT will allow your body to reach the “zone” by ensuring every muscle in your body is working optimally.

MAT testimonials:

“As an LPGA golfer, a disc injury threatened to end my playing career. My golf coach, Mike McGetrick, also experienced with Muscle Activation Techniques, referred me to the MAT clinic after a training session. Through MAT, I was able to get to the source of my problems and play the entire season.”

Beth not only played the entire season, but finished eighth on the 2003 money list.

Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer

“For years I experienced pain after every round of golf, I was only able to play twice a week because of it. After only three MAT treatments I was able to play as much as I wanted without any pain during of following the round.”

Chip McCreary

For more info contact Derrek Taber MATS @ derrektaber@hotmail.com or check out www.muscleactivation.com