Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Thiel

Dean's Office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Nauklerstr. 48, 1st floor
 +49 7071 29 72 992

dekanspam prevention@wiso.uni-tuebingen.de
ansgar.thielspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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Main research

  • Activity- and health-related biographies
  • Social determinants and biopsychosocial effects of physical activity
  • Body-related stigmatization and health
  • Social aspects of health in elite sports

Research projects 

Short vita

Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

since October 2022

Since 2010
Director of the Institute of Sports Science

University of Tübingen

Since 2004
Professor for Sport Science

University of Tübingen

2000 - 2004
Professor for Sport Sociology, Institute of Sport Science

Technical University of Chemnitz

Habilitation award of the

Westfälisch-Lippischen university society


University of Bielefeld

Promotion award of the

Westfälisch-Lippischen university society

Doctoral degree

University of Bielefeld

Diploma in Psychogerontology

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Diploma in Sports Science

University of Tübingen

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Gropper, H.; John, J.M. & Thiel, A. (2023). Ways into physical (in)activity: The role of critical life events and transitions in the reconstructions of young adults. PLOS One
  • Kastner, L.; Sünkel, U.; Eschweiler, G.W.; Dankowski, T.; von Thaler, A.-K.; Mychajliw, C.; Brockmann, K.; Maetzler, W.; Berg, D.; Fallgatter, A.J.; Heinzel, S. & Thiel, A. (2023). Older adults' coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic -A longitudinal mixed-methods study. Frontiers in Psychology
  • Riatti, P., & Thiel, A. (2023). Using panopticism to theorize the social role of the body in competitive gaming and electronic sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/10126902231187322
  • John, J. M., Bursik, J., Burgstahler, C., Büsch, D., Luig, P., Kühnle, F., Mayer, J. Reussner, A. & Thiel, A.  (2023). Prevalence of Sport-Related Analgesic Use in Elite German Handball Players. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin (accepted)
  • Zehl, R, Thiel, A. & Nagel, S. (2023). Children’s sport opportunities and parental support in single-parent families with lower socio-economic status. An ecological perspective. European Journal for Sport and Society (20), 2179-200.
  • Thiel, A., John, J. Gropper, H. & Mayer, J. (2023). Gesundheit als Pflicht? Zwischen Fitness und Healthismus. In A. Thiel, S. Tittelbach, G. Sudeck, P. Wagner & A. Woll (Hrsg.). Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitsförderung.Schorndorf: Hofmann-Verlag.
  • Thiel, A. & Mayer, J. (2023). Gesundheit – ein Raum-Zeit-Kontinuum. In A. Thiel, S. Tittelbach, G. Sudeck, P. Wagner & A. Woll (Hrsg.). Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitsförderung. Schorndorf: Hofmann-Verlag.
  • Thiel, A., Hahn, L.-S., Frahsa, A. (2023). Senioreneinrichtungen. In A. Thiel, S. Tittelbach, G. Sudeck, P. Wagner & A. Woll (Hrsg.). Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitsförderung. Schorndorf: Hofmann-Verlag.
  • Thiel, A. (2023). Zusammenfassung. In A. Thiel, S. Tittelbach, G. Sudeck, P. Wagner & A. Woll (Hrsg.). Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitsförderung. Schorndorf: Hofmann-Verlag.
  • Thiel, A., Tittlbach, S., Sudeck, G., Wagner, P. & Woll, A. (2023). Einführung. In A. Thiel, S. Tittelbach, G. Sudeck, P. Wagner & A. Woll (Hrsg.). Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitsförderung. Schorndorf: Hofmann-Verlag.
  • Ibáñez Caparros, A., Sánchez I.l, Granero, R., Jiménez-Murcia, S. Roinska, M., Thiel, A., Zipfel, S., De Pablo, J., Camacho-Barcia, L. Fernández-Aranda, F. (2023). Athletes with Eating Disorders: Analysis of their clinical characteristics, psychopathology and response to treatment. Nutrients.
  • Haigis, D., Wagner, S. Thiel, A. & Nieß, A.M. (2023). Bioelectrical impedance analysis in the BaSAlt cohort-study – the phase angle as an additional parameter for sarcopenia quantification among German nursing home residents? European Geriatric Medicine, 14(3). DOI: 10.1007/s41999-023-00780-3
  • Gropper, H., John, J., Sudeck, G. & Thiel, A. (2023). I just had the feeling that the interval training is more beneficial’: Young adults' subjective experiences of physical fitness and the role of training modes. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living 15;5:1115944. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2023.1115944
  • Pedron, S., Herbert-Maul, A., Sauter, A., Linder, S., Sommer, R., Vomhof, M., Gontscharuk, V., Abu-Omar, K., Thiel, A., Ziemainz, H., Holle, R. & Laxy, M. (2023). Preferences of women in difficult life situations for a physical activity program: protocol of a discrete choice experiment in the German NU-BIG project. BMJ Open
  • Friedrich, J., Münch, A.-K., Thiel, A., Voelter-Mahlknecht, S., & Sudeck, G. (2023). Occupational Health Literacy Survey (OHLS): Development and validation of a domain-specific measuring instrument. Health Promotion International, 38(1), daac182. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac182
  • Friedrich, J., Münch, A.-K., Thiel, A., Voelter-Mahlknecht, S., & Sudeck, G. (2023). Occupational resource profiles for an addressee orientation in occupational health management: A segmentation analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1200798  
  • Friedrich, J., Alam, N., Bilgic, L., Feng, Y.-S., Lehrke, L., Marschall, S., Martus, P., Münch, A.-K., Münster, P., Niebuhr, F., Rupp, M., Strauß, J., Schneider, K., Sudeck, G., Thiel, A., Zimmermann, G., & Voelter-Mahlknecht, S. (2023). Betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement (BGM) vital. Entwicklung und Evaluation einer adressatenorientierten und diversitätssensiblen BGM-Servicestelle. Prävention und Gesundheitsförderunghttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11553-023-01064-1
  • Ejekwumadu, I. & Thiel, A. (2023). ‘I get used to it, I train through it, even though there are some days you cry through it’: Coping behaviours and adaptation of two West African footballers in Germany. European Journal for Sport and Society, DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2023.2221892
  • Eppinger Ruiz de Zarate, A., Thiel, A., Sudeck, G., Dierkes, K., John, J. M., Nieß, A. M., & Gawrilow, C. (2023). Well-being of adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic: Ambulatory assessment of physical and sport activity, social contacts, and screen time. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 231(2), 83-92.
  • Haigis, D., Wagner, S., Thiel, A. et al. (2023). Bioelectrical impedance analysis in the BaSAlt cohort-study: the phase angle as an additional parameter for sarcopenia quantification among German nursing home residents? Eur Geriatr Med. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41999-023-00780-3
  • Frahsa, A., Trüb, D. & Thiel, A. (2023). The Applicability of Photovoice in Pseudo-total Institutions – Methodological Insights From an Exploratory Study on Physical Activity in Nursing Homes. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 22: 16094069231161602.
  • Frahsa, A. & Thiel (2023). Weiterbildung im Sport. In Rolf Arnold, Ekkehard Nuissl & Josef Schrader (Hrsg.), Wörterbuch Erwachsenen- und Weiterbildung (3., vollst. überarb. Aufl.). Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt. https://doi.org/10.35468/ wbeb2022-287 [CC-Lizenz BY-NC-ND]. Das Wörterbuch online: www.wb-erwachsenenbildung.net
  • Riatti, P. & Thiel, A. (2023). The role of the body in electronic sport: A scoping review. German Journal of Sport Science.
  • Dankowski, D., Kastner, L., Sünkel, U., Von Thaler, A.-K., Mychajliw, C., Krawczak, M., Maetzler, W., Berg, D., Brockmann, K., Thiel, A., Eschweiler, G. W., Heinzel S. (2023). Longitudinal dynamics of depression in risk groups of older individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Epidemiology. DOI: 10.3389/fepid.2023.1093780. 
  • Giulianotti, R. & Thiel, A. (2023). New Horizons in the Sociology of Sport. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2022.1060622 
  • Dierkes, K., Rösel, I., Giel, K.E., Thiel, A. and Sudeck, G. (2023). Does exercise modality matter affectively? Contrasting type and sequence of moderate-intensity continuous training versus high-intensity interval training in a randomized within-subject study. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 22, 84 - 97   DOI: https://doi.org/10.52082/jssm.2023.84
  • Nigg, C., Tilp, M., Amesberger, G., Ewing Garber, C., Finkenzeller, T., Keller, M., Pellegrini, C., Ruin, S., Stein, T., Thiel, A., van Poppel, M., & Würth, S. (2022). Current Issues in Sport Science: Highlighted research directions. Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS), 7, 006. https://doi.org/10.36950/2022ciss006
  • Thiel, A., Niess, A., Sudeck, G. & Thaiss, C. (Eds.) (2022). Bio-psycho-social perspectives on the individual response to physical activity. (eBook) Frontiers in Sports and Active Living.
  • Haigis D, Wagner S, Sudeck G, Frahsa A, Thiel A, Eschweiler, G. & Nieß A.M., (2022) Comparison of Habitual and Maximal Gait Speed and their Impact on Sarcopenia Quantification in German Nursing Home Residents. Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia and Falls
  • Zehl, R., Thiel, A. & Nagel, S. (2022). Children’s sport opportunities and parental support in single-parent families with a lower socio-economic status. An ecological perspective. European Journal for Sport and Society. DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2022.2121248
  • Seiffer, B., Studnitz, T., Zeibig, J.-M., Thiel, A. & Wolf, S. (2022) Sportliche Aktivität in der ambulanten Versorgung von Patient:innen mit psychischen Erkrankungen. Brennpunkte der Sportwissenschaft. (167-194)
  • Srismith, D., Dierkes, K., Garfinkel, S. N., Zipfel, S., Thiel, A., Sudeck, G., Giel, K. & Behrens, S.C. (2022). Physical activity improves body image of sedentary adults. Exploring the roles of interoception and affective response. Current psychology.
  • Wäsche, H., Frahsa, A. & Thiel, A. (Eds.) (2022). The Role of Social Networks for Sport and Physical Activity. Special Issue. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  
  • Mayer, J., Kühnle, F., Dörnenburg, L. & Thiel, A. (2022). Individualisierte Athletenentwicklung als komplexe Managementaufgabe in Stützpunktnetzwerken des Leistungssports: Zur Programmentwicklung der PRIO-Intervention. Sport und Gesellschaft, 19 (2): 189-214. DOI 10.1515/sug-2022-0017
  • Sauter, A.; Herbert-Maul, A., Abu-Omar, K., Thiel, A., Ziemainz, H., Frahsa, A., Linder, S., Herrmann-Johns, A. (2022). “For me it's just a piece of freedom”- Increased empowerment through physical activity promotion among socially disadvantaged women. Frontiers in Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.867626
  • Friedrich, J., Münch, A.-K., Thiel, A., Voelter-Mahlknecht, S. & Sudeck, G. (2022). OHLS: Ein Fragebogen zur Messung arbeitsbezogener Gesundheitskompetenz. Public Health Forum, 30, 2, 83-85. https://doi.org/10.1515/pubhef-2022-0005
  • Seiberth, K., John, J. & Thiel, A. (2022). “It’s my country I’m playing for”-A biographical study on national identity development of youth elite football players with migrant background. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2022.893019
  • Thiel, A. & Mayer, J. (2022). Soziologie der Gesundheit im Spitzensport. In Bessi, F. (2022). Gerätturnen 2.0. Materialien für die Lehre im Gerätturnen. (363-380). Freiburg: Jungbluth.
  • John, J.M. & Thiel, A. (2022). Talent from a dynamic systems perspective: Proposing a dynamic, biopsychosocial conceptualization of (athletic) talent. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11618-022-01110-2
  • John, J.M. & Thiel, A. (2022). All Roads lead to Rome? Talent Narratives of Elite Athletes, Musicians, and Mathematicians. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. doi 10.1080/2159676X.2022.2074078.
  • Mayer, J., Kühnle, F. & Thiel, A. (2021). Presenteeism in elite sport organisations. A framework for understanding athletes´ decisions to practise sport despite health concerns. In M. Lang (Hrsg.), Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare. Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 81-93.
  • Haigis, D., Matting, L., Wagner, S., Sudeck, G., Frahsa, A., Thiel, A., Eschweiler, G. & Nieß, A.M. (2021). Identification of Sarcopenic Obesity in German Nursing Home Residents—The Role of Body Composition and Malnutrition in the BaSAlt cohort-study. Nutrients, 26;13(11):3791. doi: 10.3390/nu13113791.
  • Riatti, P. & Thiel, A. (2021). The societal impact of electronic sport: A scoping review. German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12662-021-00784-w
  • Gropper H, Mattioni Maturana F, Nieß AM and Thiel A (2021) Does Becoming Fit Mean Feeling (f)it? A Comparison of Physiological and Experiential Fitness Data From the iReAct Study. Front. Sports Act. Living 3:729090. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2021.729090
  • Fleuren, T., Thiel, A. & Frahsa, A. (2021). Identification of network promoters in a regional and intersectoral health promotion network: a qualitative social network analysis in Southern Germany. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18(16): 8372. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18168372
  • Thiel, A., Sudeck, G., Niess, A., Eschweiler, G.W., Altmeier, D., Haigis, D., Pomiersky, R., Schmid, J. & Frahsa, A. (2021). BaSAlt — A mixed-methods study protocol on setting-based physical activity promotion and counseling in nursing homes. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 100828. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2021.100828.
  • Dierkes, K., Mattioni Maturana, F., Rösel, I., Martus, P., Nieß, A.M., Thiel, A. & Sudeck, G. (2021). Different Endurance Exercise Modalities, Different Affective Response: A Within-Subject Study. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:686661. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.686661
  • Seiberth K. & Thiel A. (2021). Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Impact of Social Networks on the Choice to Play for a National Team in Football. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(15):7719. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157719
  • Haigis, D.; Pomiersky, R.; Altmeier, D.; Frahsa, A.; Sudeck, G.; Thiel, A.; Eschweiler, G. & Nieß, A.M. (2021). Feasibility of a Geriatric Assessment to Detect and Quantify Sarcopenia and Physical Functioning in German Nursing Home Residents—A Pilot Study. Geriatrics. 6(3): 69. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics6030069
  • Rosenstiel, S., Volk, C., Schmid, J., Demetriou, Y., Höner, O., Thiel, A., Trautwein, U. & Sudeck, G. (2021). Promotion of physical activity-related health competence in physical education: A person-oriented approach for evaluating the GEKOS-intervention within a cluster randomized controlled trial. European Physical Education Review. 2022;28(1):279-299. doi:10.1177/1356336X211037432
  • Volk, C., Haible, S., Demetriou, Y., Sudeck, G., Thiel, A., Wagner, W. & Höner, O. (2020). Health-related fitness knowledge in adolescence: Evaluation of a new test considering different psychometric approaches (CTT and IRT). German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research. 52 (2021): 11-23. doi: 10.1007/s12662-021-00735-5
  • Mattioni Maturana, F., Soares, R.N., Murias, J., Schellhorn, P., Erz, G., Burgstahler, C., Widmann, M., Munz, B., Thiel, A., Niess, A. and iReAct Team. (2021). Responders and non-responders to aerobic exercise training: beyond the evaluation of V̇O2max. Physiological Reports. 9(16):e14951. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14951
  • Thiel, A., Altmeier, D., Frahsa, A., Eschweiler, G.W., Nieß, A. & Sudeck, G. (2021). Saving lives through life-threatening measures? The COVID-19 paradox of infection prevention in long-term care facilities. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity. 18:11 https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-021-00265-x
  • Altmeier, D., Thiel, A. & Frahsa, A. (2021). “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” –  A Photovoice Study on Physical Activity in Nursing Homes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 5481. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105481
  • Abu-Omar, K., Ziemainz, H., Loss, J., Laxy, M., Holle, R., Thiel, A., Herbert-Maul, A., Linder, S., Till, M., Sauter, A., (2021). The long-term public health Impact of a community-based participatory research project for health promotion among socially disadvantaged women—a case study protocol. Frontiers in Public Health.
  • Mattioni Maturana, F.; Schellhorn, P.; Erz, G.; Burgstahler, C.; Widmann, M.; Munz, B.; Soares, R.; Murias, J. M.; Thiel, A. & Nieß, A. M. (2021). Individual cardiovascular responsiveness to work-matched exercise within the moderate- and severe-intensity domains. European Journal of Applied Physiology.
  • Volk, C., Rosenstiel, S., Demetriou, Y, Krustrup, P., Thiel, A. Trautwein, U., Wagner, W., Höner, O. & Sudeck, G. (2021). Effects of a physical education intervention programme for ninth-graders on physical activity-related health competence: findings from the GEKOS cluster randomised controlled trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
  • Thedinga, H.K., Zehl, R. & Thiel, A. (2021). Weight Stigma Experiences and Self-Exclusion from Sport and Exercise Settings among People with Obesity. BMC Public Health.
  • Thiel, A. (2021). Ist die Corona-Pandemie ein Trigger für tiefgreifende gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse? Im Spiel, 1, 6-7.
  • Stassen, G., Rudolf, K., Gernert, M., Thiel, A. & Schaller, A. (2021). Questionnaire choice affects the prevalence of recommended physical activity: An online survey comparing four measuring instruments within the same sample. BMC Public Health. (2021) 21:95 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-10113-9
  • Wolf, S.; Zeibig, J.-M.; Giel, K.; Granz, H.; Sudeck, G. & Thiel, A. (2020). Sportliche Aktivität und psychische Erkrankungen. PPmP - Psychotherapie · Psychosomatik · Medizinische Psychologie, 70, 09/10, 412-428, https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1193-2584
  • John, J.M., Haug, V. & Thiel, A. (2020). Physical activity from a biopsychosocial perspective: A scoping review. Sports Medicine Open. 6,49. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-020-00279-2
  • Frahsa, A. & Thiel, A. (2020). Can functionalised play make children happy? A critical sociology perspective. Frontiers in Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.571054
  • Frahsa, A., Altmeier, D., John, J.M., Gropper, H., Granz, H., Pomiersky, R., Haigis, D., Eschweiler, G.W., Nieß, A.M., Sudeck, G. & Thiel, A. (2020). „I trust in staff's creativity" -The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on physical activity promotion in nursing homes through the lenses of organizational sociology. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2020.589214
  • Bekker, S., Bolling, C., Ahmed, O. H., Badenhors, M., Carmichael, J., Fagher, K., Hägglund, M., Jacobsson, J., John, J.M., Litzy, K., Mann, R. H., McKay, C. D., Mumford, S., Tabben, M., Thiel, A., Timpka, T., Thurston, J., Truong L. K., Spörri, J., van Nassau, F. & Verhagen, E.A.L.M. (2020). Athlete health protection: why qualitative research matters. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.06.020
  • Frahsa, A., Abel, T., Gelius, P. & Rütten, A. on behalf of the Capital4Health research consortium (im Druck). The capability approach as a bridging framework across health promotion settings: theoretical and empirical considerations. Health Promotion International.
  • Frahsa, A., Streber, A., Wolff, A.R., & Rütten, A. (2020). Capabilities for physical activity by Turkish- and Russian-speaking immigrants 65+ in Germany. A qualitative study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2018-0446
  • Geidl, W., Sudeck, G., Wais, J. & Pfeifer, K. (2020). Bewegungsförderung in der Bewegungstherapie: aktuelle Ergebnisse des Forschungsprojektes „Bewegungstherapie in der medizinischen Rehabilitation“. Bewegungstherapie und Gesundheitssport, 36 (1), 43-44. doi: 10.1055/a-0976-4072.
  • Gropper, H., John, J. M., Sudeck, G., & Thiel, A. (2020). The impact of life events and transitions on physical activity: A scoping review. PLoS One, 15(6), e0234794. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0234794
  • Haible, S., Volk, C., Demetriou, Y., Höner, O., Thiel, A. & Sudeck, G. (2020). Physical activity-related health competence, physical activity, and physical fitness: Analysis of control competence for the self-directed exercise of adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17, 39; doi:10.3390/ijerph17010039.
  • Mayer, J., Burgess, S. & Thiel, A. (2020). Return-to-play decision-making in German team sports athletes. An experimental study about athletes’ information needs and risk defusing based on a quasi-naturalistic scenario. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01020
  • Srismith, D., Wider, L.M., Wong, H.J., Zipfel, S., Thiel, A., Giel, K.E., & Mölbert, S.C. (2020). Influence of physical activity. Interventions on body representation: a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00099
  • Thiel, A., Sudeck, G., Gropper, H., Mattioni Maturana, F., Schubert, T., Srismith, D., Widmann, M., Behrens, S., Martus, P., Munz, B., Giel, K., Zipfel, S., Nieß, A. M. & the iReAct Team. (2020). The iReAct study: A biopsychosocial analysis of the individual response to physical activity. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 17. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100508
  • Thiel, A., John, J. M., Carl, J., & Thedinga, H. K. (2020). Weight Stigma Experiences and Physical (In)activity: A Biographical Analysis. Obesity Facts, 13(3), 386-402. doi:10.1159/000507936
  • Thiel, A., Gropper, H., John, J.M., Keppler, V. & Mayer, J. (2020). bioMAP - Development of a software for the retrospective analysis of biopsychosocial health trajectories in elite sport. http://hdl.handle.net/10900/97574.
  • Sudeck, G. & Thiel, A. (2019). Sport, Wohlbefinden und psychische Gesundheit. [Sport, Well-being and Mental Health]. In Schüle, J., Wegner, M. & Plessner, H. (Eds.). Lehrbuch Sportpsychologie. Theoretische Grundlagen und Anwendung. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. (in press)
  • Granz, H., Schnell, A., Mayer, J., & Thiel, A. (2019). Risk profiles for athlete burnout in adolescent elite athletes: A classification analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 41, 130-141. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.11.005.
  • Schubring, A., Mayer, J., & Thiel, A. (2019). Drawing Careers: The Value of a Biographical Mapping Method in Qualitative Health Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 1-12. doi: 10.1177/1609406918809303.
  • Carl, J., Thedinga, H. K., Zipfel, S. & Thiel, A. (2018). Stimulating Weight Stigma in Future Experimental Designs on Physical Activity - Development and Pilot Validation of a Video Instrument. Obesity Facts, 11, 206-220. https://doi.org/10.1159/000487889
  • Thiel, A., Thedinga, H.K., Barkhoff, H., Giel, K.E., Schweizer, O., Thiel, S.B. & Zipfel, S. (2018). Why are some groups physically active and others not? A contrast group analysis in leisure settings. BMC Public Health,18:37. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5283-2
  • Mayer, J., Giel, K. E., Malcolm, D., Schneider, S., Diehl, K., Zipfel, S. & Thiel, A. (2018). Compete or rest? Willingness to compete hurt among adolescent elite athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 35, 143-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.12.004
  • Diehl K, Mayer J, Thiel A, Zipfel S, Schneider S (2018) „Playing hurt“: der Umgang jugendlicher Leistungssportler mit Gelenkschmerzen. Der Schmerz, doi: 10.1007/s00482-017-0263-5.
  • Seiberth, K., Thiel, A., & Spaaij, R. (2017). Ethnic identity and the choice to play for a national team: a study of junior elite football players with a migrant background. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1408460.
  • Mayer, J. & Thiel, A. (2016). Presenteeism in the elite sports workplace: The willingness to compete hurt among German elite handball and track and field athletes. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(1), 49-68. doi: 10.1177/1012690216640525.
  • Thiel, A., Thedinga, H.K., Thomas, S.L., Barkhoff, H, Giel, K.E., Schweizer, O, Thiel, S. and Zipfel, S. (2016). Have adults lost their sense of play? An observational study of the social dynamics of physical (in)activity in German and Hawaiian leisure settings. BMC Public Health, 16, 689.
  • Giel, K.E., Hermann-Werner, A., Mayer, J, Diehl, K., Schneider, S, Thiel, A. & Zipfel, S. & Goal Study Group. (2016). Eating disorder pathology in elite adolescent athletes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(6), 553–562.


  • Thiel, A., Tittlbach, S., Sudeck, G., Wagner, P. & Woll, A. (2023) (Hrsg.). Bewegungsbezogene Gesundheitsförderung. Schorndorf: Hofmann-Verlag.
  • Thiel, A., Mayer, J. & Seiberth, K. (2023). Sportsoziologie. Ein Lehrbuch in 14 Lektionen (3. vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage). Aachen: Meyer & Meyer.
  • Schlicht, W. & Thiel, A. (2022). Ruhestand und dann? Ein Plädoyer für eine systematische Vorbereitung. Stuttgart: Messidor.
  • Thiel, A., Mayer, J. & Seiberth, K. (2018). Sportsoziologie. Ein Lehrbuch in 13 Lektionen. (2. Auflage). Aachen: Meyer & Meyer.
  • Schrader, J., Schmid, J. Amos, K. & Thiel, A. (Eds.) (2017). Governance und Interdependenz von Bildung. Internationale Studien und Vergleiche. Nomos-Verlag.
  • Bette, K.-H., Kühnle, F. & Thiel, A. (2012). Dopingprävention. Eine soziologische Expertise. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Thiel, A., Mayer, J. & Digel, H. (2010). Gesundheit im Spitzensport. Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Analyse. Schorndorf: Hofmann.
  • Digel, H., Thiel, A., Schreiner, R. & Waigel, S. (2010). Berufsfeld Trainer im olympischen Spitzensport. Schorndorf: Hofmann.
  • Thiel, A. (2003). Soziale Konflikte. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Thiel, A. (2002). Konflikte in Sportspielmannschaften des Spitzensports. Entstehung und Management. Schorndorf: Hofmann.
  • Cachay, K. & Thiel, A. (2000). Soziologie des Sports. Weinheim und München: Juventa.


  • Thiel, A. & John, J. (2019). Is eSport a “real” sport? Reflections on the spread of virtual competitions. European Journal for Sport and Society. doi.org/10.1080/16138171.2018.1559019
  • Thiel, A. & Munz, B. (2018). Individualized training as a biopsychosocial challenge – interlinking epigenetics, social sciences and psychology in sport scientific research European Journal for Sport and Society. DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2018.1500116
  • Thiel, A. (2018). World University Subject Rankings - a threat for the sociology of sport? European Journal for Sport and Society, 15, 2, 114-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/16138171.2018.1474544
  • Munz, B., Thiel, A. (2018). Individualisiertes Training – ein biopsychosozialer Ansatz. [Individualized training – a biopsychosocial approach]. Dtsch Z Sportmed. 69: 191-194. doi:10.5960/dzsm.2018.332
  • Thiel, A., Renner, T. & Zipfel, S. (2018). Gemeinschaftlich verschlungen – Anorexia nervosa als hyperinklusives Phänomen. [Starving together - Anorexia nervosa as a hyperinclusive phenomenon]. PPmP - Psychotherapie · Psychosomatik · Medizinische Psychologie, 68, 6, 231-233. Internet: https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/a-0624-6964
  • Thiel, A., Seiberth, K. & Mayer, J. (2018) .Why does theory matter? Reflections on an apparently self-evident question in sport sociology. European Journal for Sport and Society, 15:1, 1-4, DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2018.1437689

Functions and memberships

  • 2014 to 2019 Editor in-chief of the European Journal for Sport and Society (Routledge)
  • 2014 to 2019 Member of the executive board of the European Association for the Sociology of Sport
  • 2017 to 2018 Speaker of the Department for Social Sciences at the University of Tübingen
  • 2008-2010 Dean of the Faculty for Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Tübingen
  • Speaker of the Scientific Forum of the Württembergischer Landessportbund [Wuerttemberg State Sport Organisation] (WLSB)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the GYMWELT German Gymnastics Federation (DTB)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Württemberg Sport Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Sport History Baden-Württemberg e.V. [Institut für Sportgeschichte e.V. Baden-Württemberg]
  • Faculty Member of LEAD Graduate School and Research Network (funded within the framework of the Excellence Initiative via the German Research Foundation)