About the creator

About the creator

Wolfgang Schöllhorn

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schöllhorn is the creator of the Differential Learning System. For many years he trained national and international athletes in different sports. In 1990 he received a PhD in biomechanics from the University of Frankfurt. After having professorships and guest professorships around the world he became professor for training and movement science at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz in 2007. His work in the field of athletics, biomechanics, and motor learning has received several national and international prizes including the Performance Award of International Society of Biomechanics for Differencial learning (DL) and 2006 the "Deutsches Werkbund Label".

(in Léquipe) ..."Thomas Tuchel is more scientific than philosophical and draws his inspiration from the work of Professor Wolfgang Schöllhorn, who proved that the variety of exercises was necessary for athletes. He has put in place unusual exercises: playing a training match with an object in hand or juggling with tennis balls."

Thomas Tuchel

Head Coach (Paris Saint-Germain)
(in FOTBOLL) ..."Around Europe, many of Klopp's scientific efforts were also fascinated. He worked for a period near Dr. Wolfgang Schöllhorn at Mainz University. Schöllhorn's studies on training techniques and "differentiated learning" are rewritten and have been attended by both Barcelona and Klopp's successors in Mainz and Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel."

Jürgen Klopp

Head Coach (Liverpool FC)
(in THE GUARDIN) "Kovac follows the school of thought that is gaining more and more support in football. It takes on board the idea of “differential training” developed by professor Wolfgang Schöllhorn of Mainz University, who has worked with Jürgen Klopp and the Mainz head coach, Thomas Tuchel."

Niko Kovač

Former Head Coach (Bayern Munich)
(in Mais Futebol)... "What the current director of the methodology area of Barcelona put into practice in 2000 was theorized by Professor Wolfgang Schollhorn of the University of Mainz, Germany.Differential Learning breaks with the traditional idea in football and sport in general that repetition is the best method for developing the player."

Francisco Seiru-Lo

Methodology Director (FC Barcelona)
Online course

Do you want to improve the quality of your training sessions allowing your athletes to learn faster? That's what the Differential Learning System (DLS) will allow you! In this 3 hours course it will be explained to you the advantages of the Differential Learning System compared to traditional training! The students who complete this course will be awarded with a Level 1 Differential Learning System certificate! Traditional teaching and training of sports techniques is mainly dominated by program oriented series of exercises with analytical synthetic construction principles. Most recent investigations question the necessity of program oriented forms of training fundamentally with a high number of repetition of the same exercise (cf. Schöllhorn 1999). The objective of this course is  to compare the traditional training method with a differential training showing how to apply this innovative methodology in a coaching context! The students who complete this course will be awarded with a Level 1 (Techniques) Differential Learning System certificate!


About DLS
About DLS

DLS initiates most effective learning. DLS leads to highest performance with fun. DLS prevents injuries most effectively. DLS does not only affect your body but also your brain in a holistic way. DLS is based on most recent scientific findings. DLS is taking advantage of the brain’s potential that was only known by asian monks. DLS will not only improve your performance, it will change your personality. (DLS was the basis for many other upcoming training and teaching concepts.)