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What Can We Learn From The Winter Olympics About Movement Assessment? - It's Not What You'd Expect Feb 26, 2018

Well, it's been an amazing two weeks at the Winter Olympics games in Pyeongchang, hasn't it?

Filled with amazing record-breaking feats, it's been must-watch viewing. If you're like us at MAT, you've been glued to the screen to see how far the human body can be pushed. Often just a...

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Agility T-test assessment Feb 17, 2018

Why Is Agility Important?

Agility is the ability to change direction rapidly and requires physical capacity and technical skill to execute. It is an essential component of many sports and therefore health and fitness professionals should look to assess this skill when rehabilitating...

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Strength Testing with Hip Abduction Holds/Raises assessment Feb 17, 2018

Why Is Hip Abduction Strength Important

Hip abduction is a movement where our leg moves away from the midline of the body or the opposing leg, this movement is primarily produced by our Gluteal muscles (Maximus, Medius, and Minimus).

In upright functions such as walking and running the hip...

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Strength Testing with Hip Adduction Holds/Raises assessment Feb 17, 2018

Why Is Hip Adduction Strength Important

Hip Adduction is the movement of where we bring our leg closer to the midline of the body or closer to the other leg. It is largely performed by our adductor muscle group (adductor magnus, longus and brevis). Interestingly however the adductor muscles are...

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Enhance Your Spinal Assessment With The MAT assessment Feb 16, 2018

Why Is Spinal Flexibility Important?

Our spine is made up of 3 sections (Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar vertebrae) with the sacrum and coccyx forming part of the tailbone. Each area is individualized in the way it moves, for example, the Lumbar Vertebrae are biased to perform flexion and extension...

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Strength Testing With Single Leg Hamstring Bridge Test assessment Feb 15, 2018

Why Is Hamstring Strength Important?

The hamstrings are a group of muscles comprising the biceps femoris (long and short heads), semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. Together, these assist in various combinations to extend the hip, and flex and rotate the knee.

They are also especially important...

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Strength Testing with the Single Leg Wall Hold Test assessment Feb 15, 2018

Why Is Quadriceps Strength Important?

The Quadriceps has been shown to be one of the most important muscle groups in upright human function with a lack of strength in this muscle been shown to increase the risk of ACL injury, reduced running performance, and association with falls in the...

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Strength Testing with Planks assessment Feb 15, 2018

Why Is Core Strength Important?

Core strength has long been associated as an important capacity for athletes and the general population to improve performance, improve posture and potentially reduce the risk of injuries. 

Having a strong core has been implicated in improving the stability of...

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Single Leg Hop Test For Distance assessment Feb 15, 2018

What Are Hop Tests?

Hop Tests are a series of tests that are done at a high intensity and are commonly used by health and fitness professionals to assess the power of their clients. Hop tests are also commonly used in the later stages of ACL rehabilitation and the test results will...

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Strength Testing with Side Planks assessment Feb 15, 2018

Why Is Core Strength Important?

Core strength has long been associated as an important capacity for athletes and the general population to improve performance, improve posture and potentially reduce the risk of injuries. 

Having a strong core has been implicated in improving the stability of...

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Strength Testing with Single Leg Squat Test assessment Feb 15, 2018

Why The Single-Leg Squat Test Is Important

The single-leg squat (also known as a single leg sit to stand test) is a test used to assess dynamic hip control and lower limb function and has practical relevance to any sport involving landing, cutting, or running (Stickler, Finley, & Gulgin,...

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Strength Testing with Calf Raises assessment Feb 15, 2018

Why Is Calf Strength Important?

The calves play a significant role in daily life, as well as in many sporting endeavours including running where the Gastroc and Soleus complex are found to be the primary propulsors for forward movement (Hamner et al 2010) and research has shown that these muscles...

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