Muscle Activation TechniquesTM as a way to improve the play of amateur golfers
- 15 amateur golfers participated in this study
- All participants were evaluated with a functional assessment that included overhead squats, single leg squats. The assessment also included golf swings, and Muscle Activation Techniques™.
- After 3 to 6 sessions of MAT, the participants were reevaluated.
- Subjects reported feelings of “looseness”
- Video analysis displayed more controlled movement during functional assessments.
- Post-MAT golf play showed an average decrease of 3.4 strokes per 18 holes. Additionally, participants experienced less muscular fatigue while golfing.
MAT can elicit these results because the treatments prepare the body for all types of force: golf, soccer, exercise, work, yoga, etc.
MAT targets muscle spindles and attempts to increase their sensitivity. Muscle spindles are specialized sensory cells that run parallel to your muscle fibers. They play a vital role in muscular contraction because they communicate with the nervous system information about a muscles length and its rate of length change. The brain needs this information in order to decide the amount of tension it will allow a muscle to develop.
You can think of the nerves serving the muscular system like you would the electrical wiring for a house or building. The nerves are the wiring and the muscles themselves are like the outlets and switches in the walls. In a similar way to how electrical wiring has a positive and a negative feed, the muscles in our analogy have two types of wiring.
By fine-tuning the wiring of a dynamic system, the human muscular-skeletal system, the system can operate more efficiently. This can result in increased performance markers because the familar motions (of a golf swing) are literally done with increased ease.
Special thanks to JENNIFER SCHWARTZ-BIGGLE that provide me this post.