Active Edge MAT Brad Carlson Certified Personal Trainer Mastery Level Resistance Training, Muscle Activation Techniue
Specializing in Sports Performance & Wellness
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Complete Athlete Biomechanical Analysis



Brad performing MAT on Hunter Kemper at 2012 London Olympics

Muscle Activation Techniques is a biomechanical evaluation tool used to identify muscle imbalances and joint positional weakness. Muscle imbalances can develop from overuse, over training, structural changes in bone length and diameter, inadequate protein and hydration levels, and mechanically forcing joint past their restricted range.

Here are some indicators that a individual, or athlete is dealing with muscle imbalances:

  1. Restriction in motion when comparing one side of the body to the other
  2. Abnormal tightness in joint motion
  3. Joint instability when force is applied (push or a pull)
  4. Discomfort in joint motion
  5. Change in movement mechanics to perform a skilled movement (compensation)
Potential risks to the athlete when pushing through muscular imbalances are:
  1. Loss of technical skill required for the sport, (bad mechanics)
  2. Joint misalignment
  3. Abnormal wear to hyaline cartilage, meniscus, labrum or ligaments
  4. Mechanical stress and wear on bone
  5. Muscle strain/sprain injuries
What is are the benefits to having a MAT session prior to starting any workout or training program?

Before you start any workout routine, or training program, it is critical to identify the muscle imbalances and compensated movements. In most of these programs, repetitive motions and/or movements with resistance, increase the amount of force moving through the joint. If the muscles are unable to contract on demand to absorb the force or produce force, that stress goes right into the joint and bone structure.

Having the skeletal muscle system capable of contracting on demand, protects the bone structure and all the connective tissue from breaking down. The joint will have a more congruent surface from which to move on, reducing the risk of joint degeneration and arthritic effects.

The total body biomechanical evaluation covers:
  1. Range of Motion evaluation of all the joints comparing for symmetry in the body
  2. Evaluation of range of motion limitations and identify specific inhibited muscles
  3. Apply Muscle Activation Techniques
  4. Re-evaluate range of motion and recommend isometric exercises to re-enforce MATsession which addressed the specific neurologically weak muscles
  5. Hydration and protein levels, where you're at and where you should be
Active Edge MAT, LLC | Brad Carlson
Certified Personal Trainer, Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist, Muscle Activation Technique Specialist
Colorado Springs and surrounding areas
719-338-2100 | activeedgemat@gmail.com
   
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