Muscle Activation Techniques - Part 2

by Greg Roskopf |  Date Released : 04 Nov 2004


  • Using MAT and the law of reciprocal inhibition to provide the checks and balances” for what’s the most appropriate exercises for our clients.
  • When muscles have been traumatized, the neurological capabilities decrease.
  • If you can’t move into a position, then the muscles that put you there don’t have proper neural input.
  • Limitations of ROM indicate NOT tight muscles, but WEAK antagonist muscles.
  • Wherever you see tightness – think the opposite!
  • Stress, trauma or overuse – muscle spindle under slack - muscles lose proprioceptive input.
  • If an inhibited muscle will become less and less efficient the more it moves into it’s shortened range (which is opposite to normal healthy muscle function!).
  • When muscles are inhibited, the body will be forced to compensate in order to perform the desires function.
  • Stretching a muscle – are we violating the body’s protective mechanism??
  • Inhibited muscle – like having loose battery cables on your car.
  • Muscle activation – JUMP STARTS THE MUSCLE – preparing the body for exercise.
  • Corrective vs. Reinforcement exercises.
  • Muscle Activating techniques –
    o Isometric contractions
    o Manual therapy
  • Activating the agonist muscle vs. lengthening the antagonist
  • Assessing the specifics.
  • Practical application example for tight hip flexors
  • Quick change and long term results
  • Empowering new careers with Muscle Activation Technique
    o Enhancing current offering by preparing the body for exercise
    o Separating and elevating from the rest of the trainer industry
  • Paradigm shift for the industry – including all the great modalities but transcending to a higher place.
  • Moving beyond the politics and uniting forces into the truth!
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Greg Roskopf

About the author: Greg Roskopf

International acclaimed developer of Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) whose concepts are utilized worldwide for rehab and performance. Greg works with numerous professional athletes and sports teams including the Denver Broncos and Nuggets.

Greg Roskopf has devoted his career to the study of the “cause and effect” of the muscular system and how it relates to pain. As the author of the Roskopf Principle and the founder of Muscle Activation Techniques he not only developed the MAT™ program but also created a curriculum for this technique that has been taught to students all across the globe. Muscle Activation Techniques fills the gap between the medical and the exercise fields. Greg has over two decades of experience applying MAT™ to his clients and developing students into competent and respected practitioners.

Greg has worked as a consultant for various professional sports teams including: the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz, and the Denver Nuggets. Beyond this, Greg works with clients at all physical capability levels who are looking to address challenges they experience due to injury, stress, or trauma to their muscular system.

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