"We see with our brains, not with our eyes"
This scientific truth is central to the thinking that over the last 20 years has enabled the origins and development of the CogiTraining Method.
For a number of years now, high-level athletic training (especially in professional football) has incorporated fully all the relevant scientific knowledge available, particularly in the field of sports medicine.
However, this consideration of scientific knowledge relates almost exclusively to the realm of physical training or rehabilitation. For example:
• Every professional football club now uses the services of a nutritionist;
• The physical preparation of every player is always adapted, taking into account specific physiological parameters (e.g., VO2 Max).
However, when it comes to playing the actual game (how to make a pass, how to manage the space and time available - basically: how to play football), current training methods are mainly (if not exclusively) empirical: a particular exercise will be carried out because, intuitively, the coach feels that this will improve the performance of players during the match. And most often, these exercises are handed down from one generation of coaches to another, with each generation making its own empirically-based contribution to a particular exercise.
Moreover, in an attempt to increase the level of play, coaches generally focus on a "system" (WM, 3-4-3, 4-4-2, etc.). Again, these are empirical approaches, which consist primarily in seeking solutions outside the players themselves (whereas sports medicine with its scientific basis encourages the sports world to provide more individualized support and so also to make use of solutions that are internal or intrinsic to players).
The approach at the heart of the CogiTraining Method is one of humility and openness since it amounts, initially, to asking the question, quite simply: how can we best learn a teamgame (in this case, football) by designing training based on what we actually know at the present time, scientifically, about how the human brain works and learns. It is thus a question of building right into every training exercise the discoveries made in the field of neurology (the medical science which, without doubt, has made most progress over the last 15 years) regarding the way in which the human brain learns.