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What do you think of this amazing strategy? assessment Sep 18, 2019

At MAT one of the biggest advantages we find about taking an "Objective Assessment" approach to measuring how our patients and clients move is that it helps us educate them on what the problem is and what the plan is to get a great result.
 
Even with revolutionary tools like the MAT...
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Can I have too much mobility? assessment Sep 11, 2019

Is it possible to have too much flexibility?

Often has health and fitness professionals we encounter people with pain, stiffness, and tightness.

One of the go-to techniques is to give our patients or clients stretching or mobility exercises to address this, but what about those clients that...

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MAT Hop Testing - Spot the difference 🤔 assessment Aug 28, 2019

Here we have an ACL reconstruction rehabilitation case performing anterior hop testing for the first time approximately 12 weeks post-surgery.

As we can see massive discrepancies from side to side which is particularly amplified following a running fatigue protocol to make these test findings...

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Monday MAT Musings - Ask WHY 5 times to discover the cure to any patients or clients problems! assessment Aug 20, 2019

Want to know a simple trick to get down to the root cause of every patient and clients complaint?

5 Whys is an interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a problem...

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How to Perform the Star Excursion Sitting Test️ training Aug 15, 2019

The Star Excursion Balance Test has been one of our favourite tests at Movement Assessment Technologies for a long time. It's a major reason why we developed The MAT in the first place to make the use of this test easy and accessible to professionals around the world.

Other variations of...

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Big Toe, Big Consequences assessment Aug 13, 2019

 

At the Movement Assessment Technologies, we always assess movement function top to toe, especially the big toe.

 

Often as health and fitness professionals, we neglect the importance of proper foot and toe function. These are areas hidden away in our shoes that just provide something...

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Lateral movement - No Antagonist/Agonist muscles. Just synergists. assessment Aug 11, 2019

At the Movement Assessment Technologies, we are big believers that when it comes to upright function against gravity and ground reaction force there is no such thing at Antagonist and Agonist muscles. Just Synergists, that is the whole body working together to achieve the movement goal.

 

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Spinal Load Related to Position (Rohlmannt et al. 2001) assessment Aug 10, 2019

The following picture shows intradiscal pressure as a percentage of standing in many common positions adopted in the gym and activities of daily living.

 

At the Movement Assessment Technologies, we always want to consider how starting position and load variables can influence stress...

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Foot mechanics - make sure you know what they do most of the time Uncategorized Aug 09, 2019

 

This picture may be a bit confronting for some of our female followers (maybe some of the guys too).

 

The feet are sometimes described as the switch that turns on the rest of the body, particularly in upright function. Often how they operate under ground reaction force is key in...

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Functional Training? training Aug 07, 2019

Functional training can divide many trainers and S&C professionals. Some will believe it has it's place while other may think it's a waste of time that not only doesn't get any results, but often make you look stupid too.

 

At the MAT assessment group we know there is no such thing as...

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Increased Functional Mobility just by Stretching? Uncategorized Aug 06, 2019

A big issue we see in the health and fitness industry is the assumption that tight muscles always need to be stretched and that tissue stretched or mobilised in one position will correlate with active ranges during movement. 

 

The problem with this idea is that it is purely a...

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Do you train the hip complex in all three planes of motion? training Aug 05, 2019

If not here is a picture that explains why you should. The hip is a ball in socket joint meaning it has incredible access to 3-dimensional movement particularly in dynamic tasks. 

 

For many of our patients and clients however, the actions that they perform in their daily lives and in...

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