Monitoring unit


The Monitoring unit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM is internationally renowned and a national leader in the development of survey methods and their application in monitoring studies focusing on recreational sport and sport in the military.

Research and development

Currently its primary areas of research are training monitoring plus the monitoring and evaluation of sport in the armed services.

  • The main focus is on describing the physical fitness of young Swiss conscripts using an army fitness test (FTA), the content of sports lessons as well as physical exertion in everyday military life and how this correlates with injuries and premature discharge from military service.
  • Quality management during the education and training of FTA sports experts in Swiss recruitment centres is a further aspect.
  • The main focus in relation to monitoring is on developing measurement methods with the aim of gathering objective data from wearable sensors on the type, intensity and other parameters of various activities during endurance athlete training.
  • The unit is represented and participates in research cooperation projects in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and CISM (International Military Sports Council).


  • Scientific support for the centre of expertise for sport in the armed forces and Swiss Army training. Developing a training application to prepare recruits for military service.
  • Running and evaluating annual performance tests for external groups that are involved in strenuous physical activity and stresses (e.g. fire brigade): army fitness test.


Staff in the Monitoring unit teach quantitative research methods on the Bachelor of Science EHSM in Sports programme and also teach courses for Adult Sport Switzerland (esa). As well as supervising the work of internal and external students at Bachelor and Masters level, the unit offers 3-month placements.


Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM Monitoring unit
Hauptstrasse 247
CH-2532 Magglingen

+41 58 467 61 66
+41 58 467 63 56


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Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Monitoring unit
Hauptstrasse 247
CH-2532 Magglingen

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