(Information provided by www.muscleactivation.com)
What if I am an athlete will MAT help improve my performance and keep me healthy?
MAT is a technique that not only helps athletes to recover from competitive stress quickly, but also may help them prevent injuries from happening in the first place. MAT prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at a high level of intensity. Because of this, there is always the risk for injury. Some athletes may be predisposed to an injury, due to muscular contraction inefficiencies that place increased stress on joints and tissues. These athletes can be an injury waiting to happen. When they train at a high level, the inefficiencies are magnified, and the body can no longer handle the stress. It eventually breaks down. It is like driving a car with bad alignment. The faster you drive it, the faster the tires are going to wear out. The body functions in much the same way. If an athlete has muscular inefficiencies, the inefficiencies result in increased stress on the joints and muscles.
The goal of MAT is to address the weakness before an injury occurs. Injury may just be an indication of a deeper issue. The indication is only part of the issue. It is a result of the overstressing of an area of the body, due to muscular weakness. Conventional therapy will typically treat the symptom. This means that the cause of the problem may not be addressed. The end result is that the athlete does not heal, or they go on to experience repetitive injuries or a more severe injury.
MAT not only helps to prevent injuries, but it can also assist a rehabilitation process. By balancing the muscular system, MAT provides an improved environment for restoring physical performance. This allows the athlete to return to participation in their respective sport sooner. The end result is improved athletic capabilities.