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Securely back to everyday life

Internist sports medicine offers services including rehabilitation and prevention. Patients benefit from the solid know-how that we have built up over many years treating elite athletes.

We offer many different programs with professional support. After your hospital stay, we help you regain security in your everyday life.


General internal medical programs

Cardiac rehabilitation

Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is an effective measure to improve your performance and quality of life and to prevent further cardiac events.

The therapy is used

  • For patients with a disease affecting the heart or circulation (e.g. heart failure or peripheral artery disease = PAD)
  • After heart surgery (e.g. valve operations, bypass grafting) or stenting
  • When there are strong cardiovascular risk factors (overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure, disorders of fat metabolism)

The goals of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation are

  • Targeted improvement of strength and endurance, adjusted to your needs in everyday life
  • To get to know your own limits and reduce anxiety

You can expect

  • Clearly defined training times
  • Training in small groups
  • Care from specially trained cardiac therapists
  • Regular medical review by a physician during training
  • Presentations and relaxation units in addition to the active therapeutic measures
  • The possibility of cardiac-related psychotherapy
  • General medical care in discussion with your family doctor or heart specialist

Contact and registration

If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, please contact Reception directly.
+41 44 386 52 52

You can find more information in our brochure (in German only).

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Shortness of breath is often the main symptom of lung disease. Shortness of breath leads to greater avoidance of physical activity. This lack of physical activity leads to progressive weakness of the cardiovascular system and the muscles. This weakness in turn means that relatively more effort is required and there is greater shortness of breath on exercise. In other words, a vicious circle of inactivity develops.

Targeted training can improve your performance, reduce shortness of breath, and break the vicious circle. Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation is a modern evidence-based treatment used for chronic lung disease, after acute lung diseases, or before and after surgery on the lungs. It is a multidisciplinary program that is adjusted to the individual.

The outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program usually lasts for three months or 36 sessions.

Which conditions can outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation be used for?

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Other chronic lung disease (such as cystic fibrosis)
  • After acute lung disease (such as pneumonia)
  • Before and after surgery on the lungs

What are the requirements for successful treatment?

  • Completed medical diagnostic investigations
  • Sufficient mobility to allow participation in training
  • Well-adjusted medication
  • Active motivation and regular participation in the program

What are the goals?

  • To increase the quality of life
  • To improve physical fitness
  • To reduce shortness of breath and break the vicious circle of inactivity
  • To learn strategies for situations of physical activity
  • To learn breathing and coughing techniques
  • If necessary: to improve your diet

Who bears the costs?
After they have approved the assumption of costs, the health insurance will bear these costs. Your private payments will depend on your franchise and 10% deductible.

Is the program accredited?
The program is accredited by the Swiss Society of Pulmonology and is carried out in cooperation with the Lung Center in Zurich.

How do I register?
Your treating physician has to fill out an application form for you.

What does the program entail?
It starts with a medical examinations and performance tests to estimate your current physical performance. A personalized training program will be drawn up for you on the basis of these results.

In a 1:1 session, we will determine your respiratory profile and discuss relevant strategies for breathing and coping with everyday life. We will also provide you with information on the topics that are important in addition to physical training.

In the subsequent group training, you will work on your personalized training program to improve your physical performance with respect to endurance and strength. These small group sessions are held twice a week and last for an hour each time.

Contact and registration

Even after you have completed pulmonary rehabilitation, you should continue to exercise. You can continue to train with us:

  • Training offers
  • Patients who have undergone outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation can also benefit from a three-months’ subscription at a reduced price. Continue with the group training, train on your own, or try one of our group courses.

If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, please contact Reception directly.
+41 44 386 52 52

The program is accredited by the Swiss Society of Pulmonology and is carried out under the medical supervision of the Lung Center in Zurich.

Exercise and sport in cancer

We offer specific exercises and pain management for patients with cancer. Here, too, physical exercise is essential for a positive healing process.

Therapy focuses on

  • Screening and analysis of the need for physical exercise
  • Individual training monitoring and advice
  • Individual and group training sessions (endurance, strength, coordination, relaxation) 
  • Sports-specific basic instruction up to competitive sports training
  • Performance diagnostic tests (exercise ECG, exercise spirometry, lung function tests)

When undergoing exercise and sports therapy, you will be training under professional instruction. Rehabilitation will be adjusted to your current performance status.

Benefits of the therapy

  • Training is supervised/discussed with an internist
  • Possibility of associated physiotherapy
  • Possibility of supplying support services


Secretariat Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Scherr
Stéphanie Ziltener
+41 44 386 52 09

Secretariat Consultants
+41 44 386 52 08
+41 44 386 52 07

Forchstrasse 319, 8008 Zurich

Opening hours
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Musculoskeletal programs

Medical Training Therapy

Medical Training Therapy (MTT) treats and trains acute and chronic conditions. The goal of MTT is to restore patients to their own level of physical fitness, whether for everyday activities, at work, or in competitive sports.

Therapy is used for

  • Back complaints
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Operations on the spine
  • Knee or hip joint replacements
  • Cardiovascular or respiratory diseases
  • Transit to independent or sport-specific training
  • Maintaining physical performance for professional athletes

What does treatment consist of?

  • Medical history (discussion with the patient) and introduction to training, lasting about one hour
  • Precise determination of the current physical status and setting goals together.
  • Subsequent smaller measurements and tests when necessary to optimize training and monitor advances

Good to know

MTT is prescribed by a physician and reimbursed by the basic statuary healthcare insurance.

Back to sports

‘Back to sports’ is a rehabilitation program for athletes who have torn their cruciate ligaments: they want to avoid surgery but, even so, want to get back to their sport as soon as possible.

What does the therapy consist of?

  • The course of treatment is oriented to sport-specific milestones.
  • Individual advances are checked regularly with meaningful individual tests and series of tests.
  • In addition to knee function, mental health factors are also assessed and taken into consideration.
  • A careful interpretation of the results ensures the increase of rehabilitation with minimum risk and optimal return to (competitive) sports.

Your specialists

Sandro Galli
Sandro Galli
Head of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ursina Danuser
Ursina Danuser
Sports therapist, Head of exercise and sport in cancer