Portrait Andreas Schlumberger

Andreas Schlumberger

Liverpool FC, England

Andreas Schlumberger studied sports science, sports medicine and history at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt aM. From 1994 to 2000 he was a research assistant in the performance diagnostics department (Prof. Dr. Schmidtbleicher). In 2000 he received his doctorate in training science. From 2000 to 2011 he worked as a rehabilitation trainer and training scientist at EDEN Reha, Donaustauf and then switched to professional football:

  • 2011 to 2015: Head of Athletics and Rehabilitation at Borussia Dortmund
  • 2015 to 2017: Head of Rehabilitation at FC Bayern Munich
  • 2017 to January 2020: Head of Medicine and Prevention at Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • January to December 2020: Head of Fitness and Rehabilitation at FC Schalke 04
  • Since December 2020: Head of Recovery and Performance and Head of Medical Performance at Liverpool Football Club, England

A comprehensive and detailed planned and organized training process is the key to positive performance development in sport. Traditionally, the training method approach focuses on biomechanical and physiological (cardiovascular/metabolic) factors. The main focus is on controlling movements and learning or refining movements. These are always based on the interaction of biomechanical and neurophysiological factors. In this context, new findings on the importance of neuroplasticity support the usefulness of steering the traditional focus on biomechanical factors more towards the neurophysiological factors of training. The integration of biomechanical and neurophysiological perspectives leads to a clearly holistic approach within the framework of the training method approach.

If one tries to integrate this holistic perspective into preventive, rehabilitative and performance-oriented training, this leads to three important strategies:

  1. The sport-specific conditions of movement coordination are at the forefront of the planning.
  2. The neurophysiological findings and the training principles associated with them must be brought together to optimize the training methodology in the sense of integrating important aspects of movement learning.
  3. Simply thinking in terms of the main forms of motor stress and the training methods derived from them, without integrating the sport-specific conditions of movement coordination and the principles of movement learning (including their effects on central nervous adaptations), represents a limited approach and does not meet the modern requirements of a neurocentric way of thinking.