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Stay healthy with prevention and exercise

The University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine combines various aspects of Sports Medicine under one roof. Thanks to its university character, it’s work dovetails with the latest musculoskeletal research.

Please note

  • Personal registration is required for all appointments.
  • The mask obligation still applies.
  • Persons with symptoms of a respiratory tract infection and fever are not admitted.
  • Only come to the training if you are healthy.

All about movement

We treat everyone with movement-related disorders and offer advice after accidents and surgery, covering conditions affecting the limbs, headaches, shortness of breath, or chest pain. As one of our patients, you will benefit from the specialist expertise of the entire hospital and will be treated in line with the highest quality guidelines of a Medical Center accredited by Swiss Olympic.


Opening hours Reception
Monday – Thursday
7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening hours holidays 2020 (PDF)

+41 44 386 52 52
+41 44 386 52 48

Medical secretariat
+41 44 386 52 07
+41 44 386 52 08

Monday – Friday
6.45 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday / Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed until further notice.

Musculoskeletal sports medicine

Joint complaints

  • We place particular emphasis on determining the cause of joint complaints.
  • Targeted treatment of the symptoms
  • Structured build-up of therapy to restore and maintain function

Back and sacroiliac joint complaints

  • Analysis of the stability of your back using specific tests
  • Identifying the cause of pain using diagnostic imaging (X-rays, MRI, CT)
  • Structured build-up of therapy to restore and maintain as much function as possible

Sprains, strains, and muscle tears
It’s sometimes very difficult to judge for yourself whether a muscle is merely overstretched, partially torn, or even completely torn. Imaging techniques help us with the diagnosis. Our specialized physiotherapy will help you reduce the symptoms of sprains, strains or tears and accelerate the healing process.


Internist sports medicine

Prehabilitation aims to improve the patient’s physical strength prior to a planned operation (see article).

We can help you to maintain or lose weight.

Cardiac rehabilitation
Is intended for patents who have undergone cardiac surgery or had a heart attack, as well as for those who have cardiovascular disease.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Is intended for patients with chronic lung conditions (such as COPD or asthma) and acute lung diseases, as well as before and after surgery on the lungs. Our rehabilitation is also designed as prevention therapy. We offer appropriate ambulatory programs.

Women and sport

Sports during and after pregnancy: why physical exercise and activity make sense and what women should be aware of
Working together with the Department of Obstetrics at the Zurich University Hospital (Head of Department: Prof. Dr. R. Zimmermann; Contact person at USZ: Dr. N. Kimmich), we are the go-to place for expertise related to all questions of pregnancy and sport or exercise. It covers the whole range from the possibility of using sport/exercise as therapy to questions of sport from amateur and professional athletes.

Treatment of hormonal disorders (including RED-S and ‘female athlete triad’)
Working together with the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology (Head of Department: Prof. Dr. B. Imthurn), we can answer all questions related to hormonal imbalance in athletes and contraception, at the highest level.

Sex-specific mechanisms of injury 
Knowledge and findings from research in elite sports can be translated to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries in any sportswoman.

Use of sport as therapy in gynecologic cancers
Following our credo of ‘Sport as Therapy’, movement training helps patients to better tolerate chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy, both physically and mentally. In addition, it promotes healing and lowers the risk of recurrence. Cooperation with the Department of Gynecology at the USZ (Head of Department: Prof. Dr. D. Fink) and resident colleagues, we are the go-to place for expertise related to all questions on cancer and sport. In addition, our cancer rehabilitation groups offer the possibility of structured training to obtain optimal results.

Pelvic floor examination and treatment (Flyer)

Pediatric sports medicine

Special aspects of sport for children and adolescents
The specific risks of injury depend on age and the developmental phase.

Caring for young competitive athletes
The sports medicine assessment is intended for children and adolescents of different ages covering various types of activities in both recreational and competitive sports.

Children and adolescents with chronic diseases
In cooperation with various departments at the Zurich University Children’s Hospital, we provide care for children and adolescents with chronic diseases. Working together with our colleagues in Cardiology, Pulmonology, and the Center for Adolescents we cover a wide range of conditions including obesity, asthma and congenital heart diseases. Children and adolescents can avail themselves of Sports Medicine assessments and personalized advice on sport and exercise. Outpatient exercise programs are in development for those who are overweight or have congenital heart disease.

Our services in detail


We look for the cause. Thanks to selected physiotherapy methods, we can offer immediate help for pain and other symptoms.

Performance diagnostics

We measure your potential – determining your performance level and carrying out sports medicine assessments.

Training and sports therapy

We help you to get fit again. Individual care from specialized sports therapists.

Outpatient programs

We guide and accompany you along the way back to everyday life. There is a wide range of offers for internal medical and musculoskeletal conditions.


We stay on the ball. The Sports Medicine research group looks at questions relating to clinical medicine and sports.


This is where we pass our knowledge on to you. We take a closer look at innovative treatment methods and stories from around the world of Sports Medicine.

What our customers say

Gabi Schenkel
Swiss ultramarathon runner


"Thanks to sports medicine I am well prepared for the Atlantic Challenge!"

Wendy Holdener
Swiss Skier, World and Olympic Champion


"Thanks to the great support I was back on the slopes quickly."

Nicola Spirig
Swiss triathlete, Olympic Champion and World Champion

"I feel very well looked after – many thanks to the entire team!"

Ramon Zenhäusern
Swiss slalom specialist, Olympic Champion


"I am happy to be back in the Ski World Cup with a healthy hand!"

Our specialists

Information for referring doctors

Our focus

Sports medicine consistently focuses on movement as targeted treatment methods and offers a wide range of well-researched training exercises, physiotherapy, and sports therapy. The specialist team looks after elite athletes, recreational sports aficionados and patients to improve performance, treat symptoms, and assist with rehabilitation after surgery.


Indications and range of services

Led by Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Scherr and Dr. med. Walter O. Frey, the team specializes in treating your patients for the following indications

  • Sports medicine assessments
  • (Sports) physiotherapy
  • Performance diagnostics
  • Training exercises and sports therapy
  • Outpatient rehabilitation (musculoskeletal system, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, oncology, obesity)

At the University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine, we work together with different specialties in a multidisciplinary fashion. Sports medicine offers a platform on which many specialties can meet when questions associated with movement arise. Possible topics include “Women and Sport”, “Children and Sport”, “Cancer and Sport”, etc.

We offer the following services

Sports medicine

  • Sports medicine investigation of the musculoskeletal system
  • Workup of pain and other symptoms affecting the musculoskeletal system
  • Medical assessment and care after accidents
  • Medical assessment and counseling for training programs
  • Medical checkups
  • Second opinions 
  • Preventive medical consultations
  • Assessment of reduced performance


  • Active physiotherapy
    • Sports physiotherapy
    • Pilates
    • Hydrotherapy
    • Respiratory therapy
    • Respiratory muscle training
  • Passive physiotherapy
    • Manual therapy
    • Manual trigger-point therapy
    • Dry needling
    • Taping and kinesiotaping
    • Electrotherapy and thermotherapy
    • Manual lymphatic drainage
    • Classical medical massage
    • Myofascial treatment
  • Physiotherapy assessments
    • Stability testing (pelvis, leg axis, trunk)
    • Muscle strength testing and training program
    • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
    • Shoulder assessment
  • Outpatient physiotherapy programs
    • Conservative and postoperative rehabilitation
    • Pulmonary rehabilitation
    • “Back to sports”: intensive rehabilitation for athletes

Performance diagnostics

Medical assessment

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Blood tests
  • Body fat measurement
  • Blood volume measurement
  • Compartment pressure measurement

Endurance testing

  • Lactate threshold test
  • Exercise spirometry

Strength diagnostics

  • Trunk strength
  • Jump strength
  • Isokinetics

Training and sports therapy

  • General offers
    • Fitness club subscriptions
    • Medical training therapy
    • Personal training
    • Medical massage
    • Weight reduction program
  • Special offers
    • AlterG
    • Allegro
    • Power Plate
    • ProkinB
    • Group courses
    • Nordic walking
    • Pilates
    • Multifit
    • Back exercises
    • Stretching
    • Aquafit
  • Outpatient programs
    • Musculoskeletal system rehabilitation
    • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
    • Exercises and sports therapy in cancer
    • Back to sports


Benefits for your patients

Our medical services offer your patients the following benefits

  • Exercise is a potent medicine: that is our motto for the optimal interdisciplinary treatment of patients at the University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine.
  • Medical assessment, physiotherapy, performance diagnostics and training are all under one roof.
  • Holistic care: knee pain, for example, may be due to instability of the spine. At the University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine, we assess and treat the musculoskeletal system in its entirety.
  • At the University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine you will find yourself among highly motivated patients, athletes, and members of staff. Even if you are not a particularly sporty person, you will still feel at ease here.
  • Many elite athletes depend on the know-how of the University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine. Whether you participate in recreational sports or don’t do any sporting activities at all, you will be treated with the same methods that help the professionals.
  • Free child care is available while you are with us.