Travis Allan on MAT – Muscle Activation Therapy
I have always tried to improve my training, nutrition and recovery by seeking out different methods and practitioners. I am a big believer you only get once chance in life, so you need to do everything in your power to make the most of it.
Being a professional sportsman, with most if not everything laid on and mapped out for you at your Club, it’s very easy to simple take what’s on offer, without ever questioning it or indeed even seeing if there are better ways of doing things.
Just because everybody else is doing it and it's the perceived norm. It’s my view, In the pursuit of excellence, you always need to push the envelope and question things.
When I had knee surgery on a troubling patella tendon, I was recommended to have a consultation with Travis and witness his pretty special skill set.
I was told Travis could work miracles with his MAT treatment or Muscle Activation therapy to give it its full title.
Having said one should explore all avenues and never leave a door unopened, I must admit to being someone of a skeptic when it comes to these big ticket claims,
However my father taught me to always go and try everything. Then and only then once in full possession of all the facts to make an informed decision. I also knew that Peyton Manning, the NFL superstar, is also a big fan of MAT.
So I thought why not give it a try. Afterall If it’s good enough for Manning, then it certainly will be good enough reason for me to give it a try.
It turned out to be really eye-opening; a hugely and very effective form of treatment. Watch below to find out more:
Travis has actually become a great mate and helped me with my approach to rugby and training, but we will come on to that in other videos. He actually features on my JHTV channel quite heavily. The below shows us executing some “Skills in the Park”.
However like everything in training and fitness, please remember although there are some fantastic techniques and practices, MAT being one of them. There are no miracle cures or one-method alone fixes all.
I still use traditional physiotherapy and other treatment methods, but I always get in once a week minimum to see Travis. He is a huge part of my game preparation.