One of the most difficult issues in football is the proper matching of the training program with the game reality. Because football is a very complex activity it is not simple to find a structured training strategy covering the specific physiological, technical, tactical and psychological needs.
For years we have been looking to find a better solution to integrate the needed skills in the body and mind of a player and to understand and respect in a better way the players' individual differences. Present-day neurology proves we have to be cautious regarding the use of too much conditioned training programs and we have to be aware of the fact that each individual player tries to find his/her system of performing related to his/her overall body and mind equipment. The environmental influences on the child's motor skill development and his mental behaviour before he or she is present at the first training session can already cause major problems to start a profitable football training program.
Understanding and taking into account this reality makes it far more difficult to anticipate the needs of a training organisation preparing for the match. Actually we have to keep in mind Heraclithus' words wrote down in 500 B.C.: "The only constant in life is the variability."
The fundamental principle of the CogiTraining Method is to gather as much as possible individual features of each player to understand in a better way each individual. Approaching the unique being of a player - profound identification of a player - will have a major influence on the way a training program will be drafted. In the past too many football federations and football authors were exclusively emphasizing the importance of generalized training programs and of tactical schemes. Globalizing is the perfect way to hide problems.
While profiling players and studying cognitive neurology and neuropsychology we understood that the organisation of a training session needs to be reconsidered. Most of all the finding that sensoring - more precisely sensorial restrictions- , perception and processing of information is influenced by the unique neurological organisation of a human being and that the environmental and brain influence on learning processes is seriously underestimated during sporting activities urged us to look for innovative training structures anticipating more the holistic nature of a player's learning activity.
The major breakthrough resulting from the CogiTraining Method is that "the central idea of the method" itself deals with players' individual neurological and perceptive bottle-necks during training sessions in groups.
SenseBall and CogiTraining can also address to other fields in our society.
More and more the medical and pedagogical world agrees that, through moving, the brain functioning can be influenced (with, consequently, an improvement of school performance and/or the relief of specific mental or physical problems).
In the near future research on neuroplasticity will certainly open new ways to help many people regarding their health and social functioning problems.
The fact that quality moving (CogiTraining, including SenseBall) can have an strong positive influence on school performance was proven by the project we launched in a Flemish Secondary School, Middenschool KA Redingenhof, Leuven. The learning readiness of the children involved in the project increased a lot so that the school results and the general behaviour improved in a remarkable way.