Increase your performance – with a healthy body
As a doctor, you are exposed to daily stress. In order to cope with this stress, mental but also physical fitness is a basic requirement. A well-trained body is just as important for the functioning of cognitive abilities as for improving your physical health.
Therefore, UMCH cooperates with several sports facilities in Hamburg towards this endeavor. In addition, in the first two years of their studies, students take part in UMCH’s compulsory sports lessons, helping them gain a better understanding of the human body and motivating them to take part in regular sports in their private lives while maintaining a lifestyle that is as healthy as possible.
University Sports Program of the City of Hamburg
Through our cooperation with the University Sports Program of the City of Hamburg – a joint initiative of the state or state-recognized universities in the Hamburg area – UMCH students have access to the largest range of sports activities in the city and have the opportunity to get to know students from other universities. With the SportsCard, our students can choose from more than 200 courses in over 80 sports disciplines and keep themselves fit both physically and mentally. In addition to soccer, handball, basketball, track and field, table tennis as well as a wide variety of dance styles, more unusual sports such as parkour or slackline are also offered. The broad spectrum of yoga activities and various mindfulness and meditation courses provide an ideal balance to the sometimes demanding daily routine of studying. The FitnessCard and the SwimCard also give our students access to participating gyms and swimming pools and allow them to take advantage of what is on offer there.
Whether kayak tours, sailing and rowing courses on the Alster or dragon boating – due to Hamburg’s coastal location, the university sports department also offers numerous water sports courses. For those who like to travel, there is also the opportunity to take part in sports trips: Catamaran sailing and windsurfing on the island of Fehmarn, hang gliding in the south of France, rock climbing in the Weser Hills or hiking in Scandinavia are just a few of the many excursion options to actively discover the world.
Verein Aktive Freizeit e. V. (VAF)
VAF is located only a few minutes’ walk from the UMCH campus. The recreational sports facility, which has existed since 1987 and modernized and expanded again and again since then, is considered an institution in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. With its more than 4300 members, VAF significantly enlivens the district. On more than 3,000 m², the multifunctional sports facility offers a swimming pool with a 25 m pool heated to 28 °C, a spacious wellness area, three gymnasiums, a spinning room and the TÜV-certified “Studio für gesunde Fitness“. An extensive program of sports courses completes the offer. It ranges from tension to relaxation, from classic to dynamic.
A complete list of the more than 50 courses can be found here.
Discounts for UMCH students
As a UMCH student, you will receive special conditions when using the leisure sports facility. On the one hand, there are no registration fees and on the other you receive a 10 percent discount on the student rate for membership fees and course fees.* Simply bring your UMCH student ID card with you when you register with VAF.
Your membership options
- Gym including use of swimming pool and sauna
- Gym subscription with 60 courses
- Swimming pool use only
Interested students can participate in a non-binding trial session in the course area. For a free trial session in the “Studio for Healthy Fitness”, please register with VAF by calling +49 (0) 40 890 60 150.
* This rule does not apply to special offers.
Bahrenfelder Turnverein von 1898 e. V. (BTV)
Not far from the UMCH campus and in the heart of Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, students can also take advantage of the varied range of sports offered by the association Bahrenfelder Turnverein von 1898 e. V. (BTV) and enjoy special conditions. With its 12 divisions, BTV offers a wide range of opportunities for active recreation to its more than 400 members. Whether badminton, table tennis, archery, qigong, tai chi, yoga or a range of workouts – our sports-minded students can take part in numerous courses to get their sweat on or relax. The medical students benefit from a special student rate. In addition, due to our cooperation with the BTV, the admission fee is completely waived for them. Only a copy of a UMCH student ID is required for registration. Interested students can obtain information and register by calling +49 (0) 40 8903761.
Why physical education?
The mandatory, evidence-based and mostly practically oriented physical education classes at UMCH are primarily aimed at developing physical fitness. In addition, the students’ interest in independently performing exercises and sports should be awakened or maintained, and mental and physical performance increased. The character-building and interpersonal components of the communal physical education classes are also of decisive benefit to UMCH students in their future professional lives, in which social skills are essential.
More detailed information on the scope and schedule of physical education at UMCH can be found in the Curriculum.
Extract of the teaching contents
- Development of muscle mobility and elasticity
- Learning of various running techniques
- Cardio training
- Strength training
- Training of the trunk, abdominal and leg muscles
- Development of explosive power
- Circuit training
What kind of tests are there?
The performance of the UMCH students is evaluated using various tests. For example, there is a speed test consisting of an entry and a final examination in which one has to sprint 4 x 15 meters. The evaluation criterion in this case is the progress between the two tests. The scale of evaluation is therefore adapted to the personal level of physical fitness. In addition, there is a sit-up test to determine the performance of the abdominal and hip muscles, as well as a jump test to determine the explosive power of the legs.
General advantages of physical education
- Combating the consequences of overweight, lack of exercise, etc.
- Preventive effects
- Improvement of motor skills
- Motivation enhancing
- Development of body and health awareness
- Increase of team spirit
- Strengthening of the community