We work with athletes and individuals who aspire to be athletic to develop and maintain their potential utilizing the following techniques
MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques)
The essence of MAT is the detection and treatment of muscles that are not functioning properly. A malfunctioning muscle is one that is not contracting as it should and, as a result, limiting the full movement of the joint. Having treated a malfunctioning muscle, we then work on developing a client’s physical and mental capabilities as required of their particular athletic interests.
Current research demonstrates that static stretching prior to activity decreases motor unit recruitment, motor unit synchronization, and rate of force production. This would be contraindicated prior to initiating dynamic functional activities. Active flexibility and controlled dynamic flexibility decrease antagonistic inhibition and increase motor neuron excitability. It is more appropriate to perform a dynamic functional warm-up prior to activity and then perform static stretching for a warm-down post activity.
Core and Extremity Stability
The term Stability isn’t a representation of strength. It is more a representation of body control through strength coordination, balance, and efficiency of movement. Stability can be divided into static and dynamic categories. Static stability is the maintenance of posture and balance. Dynamic stability is the production and control of movement and includes: Mobility, Strength, Coordination, Local muscular endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Stability cannot be optimal if mobility and flexibility are not optimal. Strength is only one component of dynamic stability. To create efficient movement, all five components must work together.
The term Mobility represents much more than simple muscular flexibility. It includes the way multiple body segments, such as the hips, pelvis, and trunk region, move in functional situations. Mobility represents muscle flexibility, joint range of motion, and multisegment interaction of the body parts in functional positions and movement patterns.
The focal point for resistance training at ATI is Increasing the threshold of tissues to handle the forces of the sport/position to minimize chance for inhibition or breakdown. With this our athletes achieve an increase in performance variables (speed, agility, quickness, power, strength, strength endurance) and decreased chance for injury.
The ability for the body to recognize situations and react accordingly will enable us to reduce the amount of self-inflicted injuries. The compression of the articular receptors facilitates reflex joint stabilization. Optimum landing mechanics and postural alignment facilitate optimum neuromuscular efficiency. There is a direct relationship between the ability to decelerate and stabilize and the ability to produce multidirectional power. In other words your body must understand how to absorb and load forces in order to be explosive.
Plyometric training uses the elastic and proprioceptive properties of a muscle to generate maximum force production. (Think athletic movement). Plyometric training stimulates the body’s mechanoreceptors to facilitate a increase in muscle recruitment over a minimal amount of time. Muscle spindles and golgi tendon organs provide the proprioceptive basis for Plyometric training, thus the focus should be on speed of contraction and amplitude of movement. If we are to train the muscles to contract at maximum speeds utilizing the potential energy created by an eccentric contraction, we must first teach the athlete efficient methods to practice the drills. A major focus is placed on technique, for if technique is not proper we defeat the purpose of this type of training.
Speed, Agility, Quickness, and Reaction (SAQR)
In order to sprint efficiently and to incorporate all muscle groups required in sprinting, the body must attain a proper posture and maintain it through all phases of the sprint. The main elements of this posture relates to the position of the hips relative to the torso and shin angle relative to back angle. In order to access the power producing muscles we must first establish proper length tension relationships by reinforcing good posture and proper mechanics. Virtually all sports require acceleration in more that one direction. We must train the athlete in a manner that will help them to recognize situations and react accordingly and efficiently.
The definition of lateral speed, agility, quickness, and reaction is the ability to recognize and react to the proper stimulus, start quickly, move in the correct direction, change direction if necessary and stop quickly to make the play. The process starts with recognition to the stimulus which may be auditory, visual, or kinesthetic or a combination of the three. The stimulus “cues” the athlete that something familiar is going to happen. If we can train the athletes pick up the stimulus and react in a balanced, explosive fashion this will enable them to expend less energy and have a higher level of success.