Institut für Sportwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Thiel

Institut für Sportwissenschaft
Wilhelmstraße 124,
1. Stock, Raum 117
  07071 29-76411

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  • Aktivitäts- und gesundheitsbezogene Biographien
  • Soziale Determinanten und biopsychosoziale Effekte von körperlicher Aktivität,
  • Körperbezogene Stereotypisierung und Stigmatisierung
  • Psychosoziale Aspekte der Gesundheit im Spitzensport



Wahl zum Dekan der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät

ab Oktober 2022

Direktor Institut für Sportwissenschaft

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Seit 2004
Professor für Sportwissenschaft

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

2001 - 2004
Professor für Sportsoziologie

Technische Universität Chemnitz


der Westfälisch-Lippischen Universitätsgesellschaft


Universität Bielefeld


der Westfälisch-Lippischen Universitätsgesellschaft


Universität Bielefeld

Diplom in Sportwissenschaft

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Diplom in Psychogerontologie

Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Artikel in Fachjournalen und Sammelbänden

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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,

  • John, J.M., Haug, V. & Thiel, A. (2020). Physical activity from a biopsychosocial perspective: A scoping review. Sports Medicine Open. 6,49.

  • Frahsa, A. & Thiel, A. (2020). Can functionalised play make children happy? A critical sociology perspective. Frontiers in Public Health.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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


  • 2014 bis 2019: Editor-in-chief des European Journal for Sport and Society (Routledge)
  • 2014 bis 2019: Vorstandsmitglied der European Association for the Sociology of Sport
  • 2017 bis 2018: Sprecher der Abteilung Sozialwissenschaften an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • 2008 bis 2010: Dekan der Fakultät für Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Sprecher des Wissenschaftsforums des Württembergischen Landessportbundes
  • Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats GYMWELT des Deutschen Turnerbunds (DTB)
  • Mitglied im Kuratorium der Stiftung des Württembergischen Landesssportbundes
  • Mitglied im Beirat des Instituts für Sportgeschichte Baden-Württemberg e.V.
  • Faculty Member der LEAD Graduate School and Research Network