Swiss Olympic Medical Center

Headed by doctors Christian Schlegel and Christian Hoppe, our sports medicine department received official recognition as a Swiss Olympic Medical Center in 2004. Its main activity is to provide comprehensive support to top sportspeople and young aspirant athletes at national level.

Core skills of the Swiss Olympic Medical Center include sports medical examinations, laboratory testing, performance diagnostics, orthomolecular treatments, and medical advice on training and workouts. Sports clubs will find everything they need to implement their plans in the field of sports medicine : know-how, services, capacity and infrastructure. This means their athletes benefit from our thorough, top-quality provision in sports medicine.

Our competencies

Preventive medical check

  • Body Composition: CHF 150.–
    Body composition is an essential component of good nutritional and health counselling. Weight, however, tells only half the story. It is important to know the precise amounts of body fat and muscle mass.
  • Skin fold measurement: CHF 50.–
    Special callipers are used to measure the skin fold thickness at 7 points on the body. The shares of body fat and muscle mass are determined on the basis of sex, age, weight and the sum of the skin folds. This is an accurate and highly reproducible technique for measuring body fat and muscle mass, and is employed predominantly in competitive sport.
  • Gait and running analysis: ab CHF 200.–
    This examination is worthwhile if pain is being experienced in the hip joints, knee joints, foot joints and tendons. It also enables valuable information on optimal loading to be obtained, particularly for patients with osteoarthritis in the knee or hip joints.
  • Stress-ECG: Price on request
    During a stress ECG, the electrical activity of the heart is recorded under increasing resistance on the bicycle ergometer. In addition, blood pressure is measured at each level of stress. If training advice is desired as well, the lactate (lactic acid) concentration may also be determined in this test protocol.
  • Silence ECG: Price on request
    Suction electrodes attached to the chest are used to record the electrical activity of the heart. Using these graphs, the doctor is able to identify heart diseases.

Assessment of physical performance

  • Back-Check: CHF 150.–
    Measurement of the maximum strength of the abdominal and back musculature as well as the shoulder girdle, pelvic and hip musculature. The results are evaluated against reference values regarding strength ratios between the muscle groups, age, height, weight and sex, and an individual training programme for these areas is provided and discussed.
  • Magglingen trunk strength test: CHF 80.–
    The Magglingen trunk strength test is a three-part test of trunk muscle strength and endurance. Trunk strength is important in almost every sport as well as to prevent back pain and improper biomechanical stress.
  • Wingate test: CHF 100.–
    This test is important for ball games and to support recovery from injuries. During this brief 30-second test we determine your maximal power in watts, explosive strength, endurance and fatigue. The test will be followed by a discussion of the results.
  • Contrex test: CHF 160.–
    The Contrex is a device to measure both isokinetic force (constant speed) and the forces relating to the knee joint (comparison of left and right, flexors/extensors) after an injury or in the case of osteoarthritis. This test enables imbalances in the musculature to be identified.
  • Biomechanic jumping power measurement: CHF 150.–
    The explosive strength of the lower extremities is measured by means of four different jumps (Quattro) on the force measurement plate. The measurement of explosive strength is of great importance in all sports disciplines in which speed and jumping power play a role.
  • Lactate threshold test: from CHF 210.–
    In the lactate threshold test, the lactic acid concentration in the blood, the heart rate and perceived exertion are measured during a stress phase. Based on these values it is possible to determine precisely the pulse range (intensity) in which the training should be carried out.
  • Lactate threshold test with ergospirometire: from CHF 360.–
    Measurement of the respiratory parameters in addition to the values from the lactate threshold test.

Medical check-ups

  • Lung functioning test (Spirometry): Price on request
    Spirometry is a basic test to assess lung function. Simple spirometry involves measuring maximum lung capacity and how much of the air can be exhaled in the first second. In addition, the maximum flow rate is measured when inhaling and exhaling.
  • Metacholine challenge test: Price on request
    Methacholine challenge test The subject inhales a defined quantity of an irritant that results in constriction of the bronchial tubes in the event of intolerance. The test is important for the diagnosis and monitoring of progress in patients with bronchial asthma.
  • Bodyplethysmography: Price on request
    During this investigation, the volume of air is measured that remains in the lungs after exhaling fully, in addition to the parameters measured by spirometry. Respiratory tract resistance can also be determined, and measurements to assess the gas exchange in the lungs are usually carried out as well.
  • Stress asthma test: Price on request
    A defined stress test on a treadmill or bicycle ergometer is used in an attempt to trigger breathing difficulties in a sportsperson. Following this provocation test, lung function is measured to a standard protocol in order to verify any possible stress-induced restriction of the bronchial tubes.
  • Analysis of stress level: Price on request
    Recovery and sleep quality, measuring heartbeat variation over 24 hours.

Our team of experts

Dr Christian Schlegel MD

Swiss Medical Association doctor specialising in physical medicine and rehabilitation
Sports medicine, SGSM, Manual Medicine SAMM, Pain Therapy, SSIPM

Phone: +41 81 303 38 26


Dr Christian Hoppe MD

Swiss Medical Association doctor specialising in physical medicine and rehabilitation
Manual medicine, Orthomoleculare medicine

Phone: +41 81 303 38 56


Dr Mark Däppen MD

Swiss Medical Association doctor specialising in pneumology and internal medicine
Manual medicine

Phone: +41 81 303 38 36

Specialist in sleep diagnostics

Medizinisches Zentrum Bad Ragaz | SOMC | Dr Markus Koster MD

Dr Markus Koster MD

Swiss Medical Association doctor specialising in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology
Swiss Society of Sports Medicine

Phone: +41 81 303 38 38

Consultation & information

We are happy to advise you thoroughly and to provide you with an individual programme tailored to your needs.