This new concept of functional training is based on the concept of Bilateral Integration techniques. This latter consists in the synchronous involvements of both cranial hemispheres during movements and cognition.
It has been suggested around the world, and by several renowned neurologists and scientists, that if applied progressively, these exercises, should:
- stimulate body responsiveness,
- develop static and dynamic balance,
- develop directionality and spatial awareness,
- facilitate the inhibition of inappropriate movements,
- promote physical and cognitive abilities through multi-tasking.
This new therapy comes from the understanding that motor and cognitive intervention strategies are intimately correlated, (A Diamond, 2000).
In a few words, the way we learn to do things, ‘experience-expectant’, and why we do things in a certain way, ‘experience-dependant’.
Symmetric and progressive application of specific exercises has shown to be a very powerful therapy to help children with learning difficulties and hyperactive disorders, aiming at controlling and/or changing moving capabilities as well as giving educational and personal benefits.
However, many factors must be taken in to consideration before the programme may be used and as many factors may not even be addressed by the same programme.
A further use of this programme would be to fine-tune elite athletes in any sports or to make sure that aspiring athletes have the distinct integrative abilities which support their performance.
* Adele Diamond, 2000. Inter-relation between Motor Development and Cognitive Development, 17th Conference on Neuro-Developmental Delay in Children with Specific Learning Difficulties; INPP, Scotland 2005. (Professor Adele Diamond, Canada Research Chair, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. Of Psychiatric, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC)