Prof Dr. Ralf Sygusch

Prof. Dr. Ralf Sygusch

Arbeitsbereich Bildung im Sport

Department of Sport Science and Sport
Chair of Education in Sport

Room: Room GH - 01.123
Gebbertstraße 123 b
91058 Erlangen

Office hours

Sprechstundentermine nach Vereinbarung
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Sprechstundentermine nach vorheriger Vereinbarung mit dem Sekretariat.




Research and work priorities

  • Pedagogical quality of training in children and youth sports
  • Psychosocial resources – personality and team development in children’s and youth sports
  • Competence development in physical education and coach education
  • Demand and reality in sport-related educational settings
  • Health competence in physical education
  • Evaluation research in sports education

Expertise, knowledge and practice transfer

  • Spokesperson of the Commission for Research “Education in Sport” (AK Sport Science Institutes in Bavaria)
  • Member of the DOSB Education Commission
  • Member of the Scientific Forum of the German Sports Youth (dsj): „Educational Potential of Child and Youth Work in Sports“ and Expert Pool “Education” of the German Sports Youth (dsj)
  • Consultant for expert advice to the Federal Institute of Sports Science
  • Co-publisher of the series “Sportforum” and member of the publishing advisory board (Meyer und Meyer Publisher)

Professional background

since WS 2011 Chair of the Education in Sport division at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
2009 – 2011 Chair of the Sport Pedagogy and Didactics at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
2007 – 2009 Professor for Sport Education and Psychology at the Johanes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
1997 – 2007 Research assistant (1997-2000), Scientific assistant (until 2006) and Academic Senior Councillor (until 2007), Chair of Sports Science II (Prof. Dr. W. Brehm), Institute of Sports Science at the University of Bayreuth
2006 Cumulative habilitation with teaching qualification for Sports Pedagogy and Sports Psychology; University of Bayreuth, Faculty of Cultural Studies
Theme: “Sport activity, health and psychosocial resources – an open tripartite relationship”
1999 Doctorate in sports science to become a doctor of philosophy;
University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science
Topic: Sport activity and subjective health concepts of young people
1999 First state examination for the teaching profession (secondary level II) in sport and education; University of Bielefeld
1991 Diploma in Educational Science with subsidiary subject Psychology; University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Education

Other activities

2006 – 2007 Teaching in the subject Sport at the Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Gymnasium Bayreuth
1984 – 2004 Honorary coach in youth football; including talent promotion programme of the German Football Association, Bavarian Football Association, Westphalia Football and Athletics Association
1995 – 1997 Full-time Youth Sports Coordinator “Football”; DSC Arminia Bielefeld e.V.
1993 – 1995 Full-time Head of Department “Pupil education”; Bildungszentrum Haus Neuland e.V., Bielefeld