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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Head of Clinic Bad Ragaz in musculoskeletal rehabilitation
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 Matthias Fenzl

Sports scientist, aqua therapy and training, balneology, sport physiology

Phone: +41 81 303 38 38


Rinaldo Manferdini, Lic. phil.

Phone: +41 81 303 38 38

Swiss Federal Gymnastics and Sports Instructor, mental trainer


Richard Umberg

Phone: +41 81 303 38 38

Accredited trainer high-performance sports, Performance diagnostician and training consultant at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center, Referee training expert and instructor for UEFA, FIFA & tennis


Dr Anke Neubert

Sports diagnostics

Phone: +41 81 303 38 38

Sports scientist


Consultation & information

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