Sports therapy, in the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, uses the instruments of sport to achieve rehabilitation objectives, for example improving strength, endurance, mobility, and movement coordination.
The patient’s rehabilitation objectives are pursued in close collaboration with the treating physiotherapists. The overriding goal for the patient is the highest possible level of participation, and therefore the best possible integration into social life. Sports therapy is not solely focused on optimising motor skills, but also on improving abilities in the wheelchair and promoting motivation to take part in sporting activity on a lifelong basis. In addition, regular sporting activity supports the prevention of diseases associated with a lack of exercise, which are even more significant in wheelchair users than they are for able-bodied people.
Individual and group therapy
The Sports Therapy Department at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) offers daily group and individual therapies focused on the functions and objectives of individual patients. The patients have access to the sports hall, indoor swimming pool, weight room, archery range, table tennis room, athletics area, and the entire SPC premises. Alongside this, group therapies offer space to share experience from patient to patient – supporting social interaction and integration.
Seasonal sports services
In addition, the Sports Therapy department offers seasonal sports services (in groups or, where needed, as individual therapy) to try, such as:
- Wheelchair racing
- Indoor curling
At the end of rehabilitation, patients are offered the opportunity to take part in regular club training together with external wheelchair athletes, in collaboration with the Swiss Paraplegics Association (SPA) and the Zentralschweiz Wheelchair Club.
Administration office hours
Monday to Thursday:
8 am to midday
1 pm to 5 pm
8 am to midday
1 pm to 4 pm