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WOLFGANG SCHÖLLHORN | Making the player adaptable, not dependent
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WOLFGANG SCHÖLLHORN | Making the player adaptable, not dependent

The Soviet Lev P. Matveyev was considered by many an eminence in the global approach to training and periodization theory. The story goes that Stalin asked him what where the most important training principles to beat the Americans in the next Olympics. Matveyev, after investigating, replied that the key was the principle of individuality. This clashed with communism and was not applied as the sport scientist suggested.

Wolfgang Schöllhorn trained different German athletes and led them to success with training methods that respected the individuality of each one. Then, with enough evidence, he published his Differential Learning Theory. A learning theory that opposes the repetition of an “ideal” movement based on what the traditional textbooks say. It is about finding performance patterns according to each person’s individuality. Differential Learning Theory is about empowerment. It does not force to produce any movement pattern. It forces to discover yours, it teaches you to constantly adapt.

Martí Cañellas | Fosbury Flop


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Notes of the episode

Wolfgang Schöllhorn on Linkedin

Wolfgang Schöllhorn on ResearchGate

Time scales of adaptive behavior and motor learning in the presence of stochastic perturbations | Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn, Gottfried Mayer-Kress, Karl M. Newell & Maren Michelbrink

Always Pay Attention to Which Model of Motor Learning You Are Using | Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn, Nikolas Rizzi, Agne Slapsinskaite-Dackeviciene & Nuno Leite

Does noise provide a basis for the unification of motor learning theories? | Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn, Hendrik Beckmann, Maren Michelbrink, Michael Sechelmann, Martin Trockel & Keith Davids

The nonlinear nature of learning - A differential learning approach | Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn, Patrick Hegen & Keith Davids

Differential learning as a key training approach to improve creative and tactical behavior in soccer | Sara Santos, Diogo Coutinho, Bruno Gonçalves, Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn, Jaime Sampaio & Nuno Leite

A new method to learn to start in speed skating: a differencial learning approach | Geert J. Savelsbergh, Willemiek J. Kamper, Jorine Rabius, Jos J. de Koning & Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn

Explaining the unique nature of individual gait patterns with deep learning | Fabian Horst, Sebastian Lapuschkin, Wojciech Samek, Klaus-Robert Müller & Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn

Repetition without Repetition or Differential Learning of Multiple Techniques in Volleyball? | Julius B. Apidogo, Johannes Burdack & Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn

Differential Training Facilitates Early Consolidation in Motor Learning | Diana Henz & Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn

What Is Stochastic Resonance? Definitions, Misconceptions, Debates, and Its Relevance to Biology | Mark D. McDonnell & Derek Abbott


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