Reha Zentrum Valznerweiher


What does a rehab center have to do with expeditions and adventures ?

When we opened our rehab center at the Valznerweiher, which is the practice area of the soccer team 1. FC Nürnberg, we had the goal to serve and to support the grassroots sports as well as the high-performance sports. Numerous sports teams and individual sportsmen and – women have been and still are patients at our center. May it be the soccer players of the 1.FCN, the Ice Tigers from Nürnberg, the women’s handball team of the 1.FCN, the wrestlers of the club Johannis Nürnberg or even individuals like tennis- and golf-pros : they are all taking advantage of our center. From the very start we have been giving physiotherapeutic assistance to the German national men’s volleyball team. Currently our staff including 14 physical therapists, masseurs and P.E. teachers is taking care of our patients.

Shorty after our opening I got to know Denis Katzer. Of course, he came to our rehab center as a patient and had the plan to make the longest documented expedition ever of human history.
I already knew his problems with his knee, his physical condition and his goals. So we both had a common aim very quickly. And we made it ! The therapy was successful and still today Denis is practicing high-performance sport. We always stayed in contact with Denis and also Tanja and meet occasionally at the rehab center.

The duty of physical therapists, in general, and sports physical therapists is to support sportsmen and –women, to coach them, to enable them to perform their best and to be there for them. But our philosophy also implies to help people to help themselves in the end and to make our patients start their “active” therapy. It is up to yourself to improve your well-being, your health and your physical fitness. It is all about working for something and striving for a goal.

That is the reason why we do support these two high-performance sports people and their project. They have got one aim: their work of a lifetime. And we are more than happy to help them reaching their goal. Because nowadays it is not about going it alone ! “Team work” is the key. And if we can be a tiny part of this huge team “Mother Earth”, we are more than delighted to help.