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Prof. Dr. Markus Wirz

Prof. Dr. Markus Wirz

Prof. Dr. Markus Wirz
ZHAW School of Health Professions
Institute of Physiotherapy
Technikumstrasse 71
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 63 21

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Research and Development, Institute of Physiotherapy

Expertise and research interests

- Assessments und clinical tests for physiotherapy
- Rehabilitation of Patients with spinal cord injury
- Training of locomotor function
- Integration of new Technologies in rehabilitation

Educational background

1991 School of Physiotherapy, University Hospital Zurich: dipl. physical therapist
2008 Master of Physical Therapy Science
2013 Universty of Maastricht: PhD (Ambulatory rehabilitation in patients with spinal cord injury-A clinical perspective)

Professional milestones

2002-2014 University Hospital Balgrist, Spinal Cord Injury Centre: Head Physiotherapy
1999-2005 Lecturer at School of Physiotherapy, University Hospital Berne
2009- Lecturer at ZHAW

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
  • Wirz, Markus; Köhler, Barbara; Marks, Detlef; Kool, Jan; Sattelmayer, Martin; Oesch, Peter; Hilfiker, Roger; Rogan, Slavko; Schädler, Stefan; Verra, Martin; Lüthi, Hansjörg,


    Lehrbuch Assessments in der Rehabilitation.

    1. Auflage.


    Hans Huber.

    Assessments in der Rehabilitation.

    ISBN 978-3-456-85206-5.

Book parts, peer-reviewed
  • Wirz, Markus; van Hedel, Hubertus,


    Balance, gait, and falls in spinal cord injury



    Day, Brian L.; Lord, Stephen R., eds.,

    Balance, gait, and falls.


    pp. 367-384.

    Handbook of clinical neurology ; 159.

  • Wirz, Markus; Rupp, Rüdiger,


    Applications issues for robotics



    Reinkensmeyer, David J.; Dietz, Volker, eds.,

    Neurorehabilitation technology.


    pp. 141-160.

  • Esquenazi, Alberto; Maier, Irin; Aurich Schuler, Tabea; Beer, Serafin; Borggraefe, Ingo; Campen, Katrin; Luft, Andreas; Manoglu, Dimitrios; Meyer-Heim, Andreas; Spiess, Martina; Wirz, Markus,


    Clinical application of robotics and technology in restoration of walking



    David J., Reinkensmeyer; Volker, Dietz, eds.,

    Neurorehabilitation technology.


    pp. 223-248.

  • Dietz, Volker; Wirz, Markus,





    Strubreither, Wilhelm; Neikes, Martina; Stirnimann, Daniel; Eisenhuth, Jörg; Schulz, Barbara; Lude, Peter, eds.,

    Klinische Psychologie bei Querschnittlähmung : psychologische und psychotherapeutische Interventionen bei psychischen, somatischen und psychosozialen Folgen.



    pp. 75-92.

    Available from:

  • Wirz, Markus; Rutz-La Pitz, Louise,


    The influence of age on neurorehabilitation



    Ward, Nick; Dietz, Volker, eds.,

    Oxford textbook of neurorehabilitation.


    Oxford University Press.

    pp. 46-54.

    Oxford textbooks in clinical neurology.

Conference contributions, peer-reviewed Other publications Oral conference contributions and abstracts Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Beiträge in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift
Wirz, Markus; Bastiaenen, C.; deBie, R.; Dietz, V., 2011. Effectiveness of automated locomotor training in patients with acute incomplete spinal cord injury : a randomized controlled multicenter trial. BMC Neurology. 11(60). Verfügbar unter:
Kloter, E.; Wirz, Markus; Dietz, V., 2011. Locomotion in stroke subjects : interactions between unaffected and affected sides. Brain. 134(3), S. 721-731. Verfügbar unter:
Spreyermann, R.; Lüthi, H.; Michel, F.; Baumberger, M.E.; Wirz, Markus; Mäder, M., 2011. Long-term follow-up of patients with spinal cord injury with a new ICF-based tool. Spinal Cord. 49(2), S. 230-235. Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; Zörner, B.; Rupp, R.; Dietz, V., 2010. Outcome after incomplete spinal cord injury : central cord versus Brown-Sequard syndrome. Spinal Cord. 48(5), S. 407-414.
Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; Müller, R.; Bastiaenen, C., 2010. Falls in persons with spinal cord injury : validity and reliability of the Berg Balance Scale. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 24(1), S. 70-77. Verfügbar unter:
Jakob, W.; Wirz, Markus; van Hedel, HJ.; Dietz, V., 2009. Difficulty of elderly SCI subjects to translate motor recovery - "body function" - into daily living activities. Journal of Neurotrauma. 26(11), S. 2037-2044. Verfügbar unter:
Lam, T.; Wirz, Markus; Lünenburger, L.; Dietz, V., 2008. Swing phase resistance enhances flexor muscle activity during treadmill locomotion in incomplete spinal cord injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 22(5), S. 438-446. Verfügbar unter:
van Hedel, HJ.; Wirz, Markus; Dietz, V.,2008. Standardized assessment of walking capacity after spinal cord injury : the European network approach. Neurological Research. 30(1), S. 61-73. Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; van Hedel, HJ.; Rupp, R.; Curt, A.; Dietz, V., 2006. EMSCI Study Group. Muscle force and gait performance : relationships after spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 87(9), S. 1218-1222. Verfügbar unter:
van Hedel, H.J. ; Wirz, Markus; Curt, A., 2006. Improving walking assessment in subjects with an incomplete spinal cord injury : responsiveness. Spinal Cord. 44(6), S. 352-356. Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; Zemon, DH.; Rupp, R.; Scheel, A.; Colombo, G.; Dietz, V.; Hornby, TG., 2005. Effectiveness of an automated locomotor training in patients with a chronic incomplete spinal cord injury : a multicenter trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 86(4), S. 672-680. Verfügbar unter:
van Hedel, H.J.; Wirz, Markus; Dietz, V., 2005. Assessing walking ability in subjects with a spinal cord injury : validity and reliability of walking tests. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 86(2), S. 190-196. Verfügbar unter:
Jarchow, T.; Wirz, Markus; Haslwanter, T.; Dietz, V.; Straumann, D., 2003. Perceived horizontal body position in healthy and paraplegic subjects : effect of centrifugation. Journal of Neurophysiology. 90(5), S. 2973-2977. Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; Colombo, G.; Dietz, V., 2001. Long term effects of locomotor training in spinal humans. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry. 71(1), S. 93-96. Verfügbar unter:
Colombo, G.; Wirz, Markus; Dietz, V., 2001. Driven gait orthosis for improvement of locomotor training in paraplegic patients. Spinal Cord. 39(5), S. 252-255. Verfügbar unter:
Dietz, V.; Nakazawa, K.; Wirz, Markus; Erni, T., 1999. Level of spinal cord lesion determines locomotor activity in spinal man. Experimental Brain Research. 128(3), S. 405-409. Verfügbar unter:
Dietz, V.; Wirz, Markus; Curt, A.; Colombo, G., 1998. Locomotor pattern in paraplegic patients : training effects and recovery of spinal cord function. Spinal Cord. 36(6), S. 380-390. Verfügbar unter:
Dietz, V.; Wirz, Markus; Colombo, G.; Curt, A., 1998. Locomotor capacity and recovery of spinal cord function in paraplegic patients : a clinical and electrophysiological evaluation. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 1998. 109(2), S. 140-153. Verfügbar unter:
Colombo, G.; Wirz, Markus; Dietz, V., 1998. Effect of locomotor training related to clinical and electrophysiological examinations in spinal cord injured humans. Annals of the New York Academy of Science. 860, S. 536-538. Verfügbar unter:
Dietz, V.; Wirz, Markus; Jensen, L., 1997. Locomotion in patients with spinal cord injuries. Physical Therapy. 77(5), S. 508-516. Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; Dietz, V., 2012. Concepts of aging with paralysis : implications for recovery and treatment. Handbook of Clinical Neurology. 109, S. 77-84. Verfügbar unter:
Starkey, M.L.; Wirz, Markus; Kessler, T.M.; Curt, A., 2013. Principles of spinal cord rehabilitation. In: Fehlings, M.G, Hrsg., Critical care in spinal cord injury. London: Future Medicine. S. 2-4. Verfügbar unter:
Wirz, Markus; Rupp, R., 2012. Applications issues for robotics. In: Dietz, V.; Rymer, Z.; Nef, T., Hrsg., Neurorehabilitation technology. Springer. S. 23-38. Verfügbar unter:
Maier, I.C.; Beer, S.; Borggraefe, I.; Campen, K.; Luft, A.; Manoglous, D.; Meyer-Heim; A.; Schuler, T.; Wirz; Markus, 2012. Transfer of technology into clinical applications. In: Dietz, V.; Rymer, Z.; Nef, T., Hrsg., Neurorehabilitation technology, London: Springer. S. 303-323. Verfügbar unter:
Bücher und Monographien
Schädler, S.; Kool, J.; Lüthi, H.; Marks, D.; Oesch, P.; Pfeffer, A.; Wirz, Markus, 2009. Assessments in der Rehabilitation: Bd.1: Neurologie. 2., vollst. überarb. u. erw. Auflage. Bern: Hans Huber. Gesundheitsberufe. Physiotherapie. 978-3-456-84630-9