The MAT and Weight Bearing Calculations
Amounts or percentages with incline squats in physical therapy exercises
The MAT (Multiple Applications Table) Exercise Training/Objective Data
The benefits of exercise are well established in scientific literature. By properly manipulating specific training variables (load, repetitions, sets, rest and frequency), the muscle, tendon and bone tissue of the body adapts to benefit the patient.
The specific adaptations of the muscular system are increased strength, hypertrophy, muscular endurance and production of power.
Use of The MAT increases these muscular adaptations, to achieve functional improvement. The MAT can accommodate all types of people, from significantly deconditioned to highly fit patients, addressing their rehabilitation needs. The MAT is a fully electric incline exercise machine that inclines to 45 degrees.
The MAT (in exercise mode) relies on gravity for resistance. Incline gravity resistance strengthening is performed on an incline plane which requires less force than movements performed directly against gravity, such as standing squats or wall squats which may increase the potential of compensation patterns and undue strain on the patellar tendon.
The MAT allows clinicians to increase resistance incrementally to suit the needs of the patient.
The force required to perform exercise on The MAT is dependent on the weight on the glideboard and the patient. To determine resistance compute the exercise load by using this formula:
(Body Weight in pounds + weight of the slideboard in pounds) x the sine of the angle.)
For example: A 150 pound person is exercising at and angle of 40 degrees, the sine of 40 degrees is .6428; below is the calculation for this example:
Weight of patient: 150 pounds
Weight of sliding board: 45 pounds
Sine of 40 degrees: .6428
(150 pounds + 45 pounds) x .6428
195 pounds x .6428
125 pounds of resistance force on The MAT
The 150 pound patient requires 125 pounds of force to move the glideboard at an angle of 40 degrees. This is approximately 83% of the patient’s body weight.
I hope this invention will help the Physical Therapy profession—and more importantly, the patients themselves—become stronger and more functional.
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