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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is preventive in nature, always fundamental, but above all at a young age, in protecting amateur and competitive sporting practice. In sports medicine, it is possible to identify pathologies that may determine complications, even serious ones, if they are not diagnosed in advance.

Head of Sports Medicine
Dr. Bruno Capelli
Dr. Bruno Capelli

The sports medicine service at Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino is offered to everyone who practices sport: from professional athletes to amateur athletes who compete, from young people who intend to begin a sport to those who play recreational sport.
The services offered follow the Swiss Olympic criteria.

Services offered:

Medical-sports fitness check-up

Fitness assessments are carried out according to Swiss Olympic standards, with the aim of identifying any underlying pathologies and correcting cardiovascular risk factors in order to carry out physical activity safely.

  • Medical-sports internal/orthopedic examination
  • ECG at rest
  • Exercise ECG (cycle ergometry/treadmill)
  • Any laboratory analyzes (basic or complete blood tests according to Swiss Olympic standards)
  • Possible spirometry (lung function at rest)
  • Possibility of rapid specialist consultancy within the structure (cardiology/electrophysiology/cardiac imaging) in case of need for further information
  • Test analysis and final discussion

Medical-sports evaluation with performance diagnostics
The determination of physiological markers of cardiorespiratory adaptation to effort (VO2max, ventilatory thresholds, respiratory volumes…), allows us to evaluate the state of form (VO2max) and to establish training zones to improve quality and performance.

  • Medical-sports-internal/orthopedic examination
  • ECG at rest
  • Spirometry (lung function at rest)
  • Cardiopulmonary test (CPET with mask) with continuous ECG on racing bikes (pegs with look/shimano attachment and Powermeter for racing bike shoes or with mountain bike attachments) or treadmill
  • Possible laboratory analysis (basic or complete blood tests according to Swiss Olympic standards)
  • Possibility of evaluating pedaling cadence, right/left power difference for balancing on racing bikes using pedals with built-in potentiometer (Favero Assioma Duo Powermeter) – Test analysis and final discussion

Power meter with power sensor on both pedals. To take advantage of real measurements on the left leg and right leg.


  • Conconi test (with ECG) on an ergometer (50 watts+10, 75 watts+15, 100 watts+20)
  • Lactate test (determination of anaerobic threshold)
  • Wingate test on exercise bike
  • Test analysis and final discussion

Nutritional advice
To complement the various laboratory tests, it is also possible to carry out a series of biometric measurements to allow for more accurate control: height, weight, lean mass, fat mass, body composition.

  • Consultation with nutritionist
  • Body composition analysis with bioimpedance technique and BIVA vector analysis to detect parameters such as hydration status, lean mass (FFMI: Fat Free Mass Index), fat mass (FMI: Fat Mass Index)
  • Indirect calorimetry with face mask
Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contacts and information

Internal team

Mrs. Serenella Calanchini

Mrs. Cristina Capelli
(medical assistant)

Collaborators external to the service

Dr. med. Andrea Menafoglio
Cardiology consultant

Dr. med. François Regoli
Electrophysiology consultant

Diego Crivelli

Fabrizio Vaghi

Sports medicine – Secretariat
Tel. +41 (0)91 811 51 88


Dr. Bruno Capelli
Senior Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Rehabilitation and Preventive Card. – Sports medicine