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University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine

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.

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.


University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine
Forchstrasse 319
8008 Zürich

Monday to Thursday
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

+41 44 386 52 52
+41 44 386 52 48

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

Monday to Friday
6.45 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fitness center
Monday until Friday
7 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At a glance

Musculoskeletal system and sport

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.


Internal medicine and sport

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.

Outpatient program "Exercise and Sport in Cancer" for oncological diseases
The program is aimed at patients who would like to better cope with their cancer disease and therapy through exercise and sport, or to alleviate or prevent the consequences and side effects of the therapy.

An interdisciplinary team of specialists from various fields of sports medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports therapy and sports science put together a personalized training and therapy program based on the latest scientific findings. The personalized exercise program is adapted to your current performance level, also in coordination with other supportive therapy options as well as in close exchange with the respective oncological specialist discipline.

Thanks to the close collaboration with the physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments of the University Hospital Zurich under the umbrella of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich (CCCZ), patients of all disease stages and performance levels can receive optimal multidisciplinary coordination and care.

Exercise and sport in cancer (PDF only in German)

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.

Gym during pregnancy (PDF)

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 individual cancer rehabilitation program offers the possibility of structured training to obtain optimal results.

Pelvic floor examination and treatment (Flyer)

Dr. med. Nora Wieloch
Consultant University Center for Prevention and Sports Medicine

+41 44 386 52 52


Children and sport

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!"

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