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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

The agility T-Test is a test that is commonly used to assess an athletes/individuals to move forwards, backwards and side to side. It is performed on a safe and consistent surface to ensure that test-retest reliability is high. Besides testing an individual's ability to move in all directions as...

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

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

This movement is extremely important in a sporting or dynamic context as knee adduction “associated with...

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

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 group (adductor magnus, longus and brevis). Hip adductor weakness has been related to pain in through the groin in sports that require...

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

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 individualised in the way it moves, for example, the Lumbars prefer to flex and Extend, whereas the Thoracics prefer to rotate.

Each segment...

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Strength Testing With Hip Extension Raises assessment Feb 15, 2018

 The single leg hip extension (also commonly referred to as a hip thruster) exercise is performed with the foot placed on a bench/chair. The role of this exercise it to emphasis the use of our Gluteus Maximus “Gluteal muscle in the human body is one of the largest and strongest...

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

A single leg wall hold is a functional performance test that looks at the capacity of our knee’s to bear load as well as the strength of the surrounding musculature (quadriceps/hamstrings/glutes).

They are very similar to a single leg squat but the main difference is that you’re...

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Strength Testing with Planks assessment Feb 15, 2018

The Single Leg Plank is an intermediate core exercise which is a progression from the basic plank. By having a single leg in the air we lose a point of contact with the ground which increases instability and makes the drill more challenging.

The ability to recruit our core muscles is really...

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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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