Elite Edge is one of the only facilities in Atlanta to offer MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES (MAT™).
This specialized approach is a noninvasive system used to restore symmetry and balance to the body’s muscular system by improving range of motion, joint stability, and muscle strength.
Total Body Assessment
MAT Practitioners are trained to assess an individual's neuromuscular function by performing isometic mobility muscle tests and then correlating any limitations with range of motion to identify with specific muscles are not contracting or activating efficiently.
Our specialists are trained to precisely activate muscles through either isometric contractions or specific force applications to help restore function and re-establish connections between the nervous system and muscular system.
Every individual and condition is different which determines how many sessions are recommended. Clients notice their initial symptoms will instantly decrease after having a MAT session because even after one session partial function is restored. MAT can improve your quality of life by reducing pain and improving strength and mobility.
HOW IT WORKS
This is a noninvasive process that uses a bio-mechanical evaluation and treatment process to identify a limited range of motion and muscle inhibition. Specialists use this revolutionary approach to treat the muscular system and has successfully restored movement and control around joints. This treatment addresses dysfunction at its source, reducing compensations and significantly improving functional strength capabilities
This therapy uses a detailed Comparative Assessment of Motion evaluation to identify asymmetries. Muscle tightness is created as an orchestrated defense to avoid joint positions that cannot be actively controlled due to muscle weakness. Practitioners use this method to identify and re-activate weak muscles through precise manual palpations and positional isometric exercises, restoring contractile capabilities and motion. There is a specific system of checks and balances in MAT™ that provides immediate confirmation that contractile ability has been restored and provides a measurable outcome. That is why MAT™ is beneficial to people on all ends of the spectrum with all types of goals. For Exercise enthusiasts and athletes MAT™ can increase performance, prevent the occurrence of injury and eliminate discomfort associated with training. For other people MAT™ provides increased physical ability to perform the activities of daily living and recreation.
Establish optimal muscle function
Only a MAT™ Certified Specialist (MATs) can perform Muscle Activation Techniques™. MATs understand complex mechanical relationships and recognize that every joint is interrelated and that abnormal mechanics at one joint inevitably affect another. MAT™ Certified specialists have completed a rigorous 10- month internship with over 300 hours of required coursework and over 500 hours of hands-on experience making them the most qualified professionals available.
Owner, MAT Specialist & Professional Biomechanics Consultant
Jason has over 8 years of experience as a Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist and 18 years of experience as a Biomechanics Consultant for medical professionals and professional athletes. He also dedicates time to educate and mentor Personal Trainers and Performance Coaches. Along with his MAT specialty, Jason has also attended the RTS (Resistance Training Specialists) Mastery classes and will be testing out this fall. As a former baseball player and active competitor as a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he understands how to strategically train for competition or just to maintain overall health and well being.
He recently won the 2020 ABCA “Best of Show” award for most innovative product at the largest baseball trade show globally, with over 7,500 coaches and 350 exhibitors in attendance. “The Kinetic Arm” is a stress reduction sleeve clinically proven to reduce stress on the elbow and shoulder while throwing a baseball, softball, football, javelin, or playing tennis. Jason developed this patented MuscleWeb™ design to help keep athletes and sports enthusiasts safe while playing the sports they love.
MAT SPECIALIST & ELITE EDGE INSTRUCTOR
Ken Westbrook has lived in Atlanta since 1994 when he moved here from California to attend Clark Atlanta University. He was a sprinter and hurdler at CAU when a reoccurring injury cut his collegiate career short. As an athlete, Ken has always been drawn to a profession in sports medicine and athletic training. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a B.S. in Health Education in 1997.
Before college in 1994, Ken was an Army Paratrooper and is a Desert Storm Veteran. Years later, he was introduced to obstacle course racing and immediately fell in love. Unfortunately, during his training, Ken experienced another injury. During this time, Ken learned about and experienced Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). Having not run for almost a year, Ken, with the help of MAT specialist Jason Colleran at Elite Edge Fitness, began running full 6-mile races in just 6 weeks. Shortly after his MAT experience with Jason, he enrolled in the Muscle Activation Techniques program and is now an MAT Specialist himself. Ken now pursues his passion and is dedicated to helping runners and active people of all skill levels achieve their goals while preventing the same types of injuries he experienced.
MAT DIRECTOR & ELITE INSTRUCTOR
Mike began training as a member of Elite Edge in 2012 to phsyically prepare himself for joining the military. After serving the military for 5 years, he returned to his hometown and joined the Elite Edge family as a class instructor and personal trainer. Since joining the team, Mike has built a reputable client base with his passion for helping others meet and exceed their goals. It was from this perspective he found his attention leaning toward Muscle Activation Techniques and consultative services. Inspired first hand by clients and patients, Mike joined Jason Colleran and began certification process to become a MAT Specialist in 2020, and now works with the Elite Edge team to help pioneer the athletic industry by being one of the few advocates in the MAT field in Atlanta Georgia. As a Biomechanics Consultant and Muscle Activation Specialist for athletes and fitness enthusiasts he is able to help with chronic injuries. Mike believes training should be done with purpose, intent, and efficiency in order to get results and maintain longevity.
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