Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol 2020; 70(09/10): 412-428
DOI: 10.1055/a-1193-2584

Sportliche Aktivität und psychische Erkrankungen

Sports Activity and Mental Diseases
Sebastian Wolf*
Johanna-Marie Zeibig*
Katrin Giel
Hanna Granz
Gorden Sudeck
Ansgar Thiel


Current meta-analyses demonstrate convincing evidence regarding the efficacy of exercise on depression, insomnia, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. However, exercise and sports therapy approaches for patients with psychological disorders are mostly integrated in psychiatric inpatient or rehabilitation settings, but not applied in the outpatient sector. Thus, the German Health sector does not take the advantage of the compelling therapeutic effects of exercise. This review covers the theoretical and empirical fundamentals of the effects of exercise and illustrates practical implications by means of the presentation of the group-therapeutic exercise program ImPuls, that was specifically designed for patients with psychological disorders in outpatient settings. ImPuls integrates current evidence of the effects of exercise (type of sport, duration, frequency, intensity) and the facilitation of motivational and volitional strategies to support patients to integrate exercise in their daily life routines.

* geteilte Erstautorenschaft

Publication History

Article published online:
12 October 2020

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