The Kinesthetic Awareness Training system was invented by company founder Dr. Jo Shattuck, an experienced coach, educated neuroscientist and former professional athlete.
Kinesthetic Awareness Training was created from Dr. Shattuck's personal experience as a top 10 world-ranking professional racquetball player and 23 years coaching in a highly technical sport.
Dr. Jo Shattuck's Story
I started competing in racquetball at 17. I did not 'come up' through the junior’ s programs, so I did not receive the early coaching that other pros did. So I did not have mature strokes, and I was physically petite. I couldn’t ‘muscle my way” for the power and control needed to compete on the professional tour. Over the years as I studied the game and learned from the best, I became a stroke technician.
As a coach, I spent countless hours in one-on-one training with my students in the technical bio-mechanical details of racquetball strokes; I became fascinated with the malleability of motor learning performance. I marveled at how the wording of my instructions, or subtle changes to the task parameters could immediately and profoundly affect my student’s ability to perform that task. What I said and how I said it changed the way they moved; it undoubtedly changed the their neural processes.
I remember wishing for the ability to see inside my athlete’s brains, to see what was happening when I used this technique or that technique, or gave feedback with this word as opposed to that word. Watching the motor learning process unfold in front of me and seeing my student’s achievements was fascinating. My need to understand how external factors affected motor learning acquisition grew from my 23 years of trying to improve it.
During my last two years of professional competition, I earned a master’s degree in sport science and actively experimented with pedagogical interventions to improve bio-mechanics in motor skill acquisition. I created MuDCAT© (Multi-Discipline Circuit Aptitude Training), a training technique that combines the principles of motor learning stages, biofeedback, blocked and random practice, visualization and vision exercises. I coached at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in ten annual training camps where I applied these interventions. When I retired from competition in late 2010, I went on to work in the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab during my doctoral studies, and earned a PhD, focusing on the brain-behavior relationship of motor learning.
The company PantherTec and the Kinesthetic Awareness Training system are products of my competitive career, coaching career and education. PANTHER stands for Principles of Athletics And Neuroscience Toward Human ExpeRtise.
Martin RubinoffMartin’s Field of Dreams, Baseball Softball Skill Acquisition Instructor
Am I better than I was yesterday? To progress is to be self aware.
“The KAT system allows the athlete to have greater awareness of their body in time and space giving them the capacity to learn from their practicing environment. The KAT system provides the best teaching and learning environment possible for balance coordination connection in skill development each and every day. It teaches the athlete to ask a better question and provides the feedback to the athlete with an answer they can feel and learn from, to transfer that trust and [to] self-believe.”
Tyler SheppleFormer MLB Pitcher, Owner Cannon Arm Training, Denver CO
I have yet to see any device that rivals what the KAT has been able to do.... a huge Game Changer
“ Our athletes are able to feel the adjustments. ...[we just] scratched the surface of how we think we can use the KAT device. .. within one session [they are] able to feel that angle, and then repeat that angle”
Jim WintertonProfessional Racquetball Coach
WOW! And I never capitalize letters because I taught English for 29 years! But WOW! [The KAT] by Panthertec will change coaching and athletic performance dramatically.
“ I just finished a two hour practice with Erika Manilla, USA Doubles Champion and USA team member and Dr. Jo Shattuck, the inventor of The KAT System. This [KAT] gave Erika immediate feedback of body control and positioning. She could not stop raving about this new invention. She is not alone in that assessment! This coach could not believe the efficiency of feedback and training for Erika. I cannot wait to apply this to all of my athletes! Thanks Dr. Jo Shattuck for working with us. Thanks Justin Wick, from Cannon Arm Training baseball coaching, for helping us out today. I knew [it] worked for baseball and basketball and now I know it is a home run for racquetball as well!!”
Jessie DeanPhD, Medical University of South Carolina
“This device holds great potential for improving future clinical interventions…The relative simplicity of this device increases the likelihood of implementation for busy physical therapists, an important consideration for new clinical technology.”
Erika ManillaManillaAthletics.com, Multiple Time Junior World Champion. Current US Team Member, Professional Player
“There’s just things that I’ve never focused on in the court, it’s the millimeters, and the inch of a difference. Coach is always telling me….’keep your chest up or arch your lower back’ and I think I do it and I come back and he’s [says] …’you still didn’t do it’, and [I say] ‘yeah I did’. And then I have to go back to video…and [he says] ‘See… told ya you didn’t do it.’ I didn’t realize how much I leaned forward”