BIOGRAFIE

Current Positions

Since 09/2017
Dean of UE-Faculty Sports, Media & Event

Since 02/2016
Vice Dean
Master Program Marketing Management & PR (M.A.)

Since 04/2011
Vice Dean
Bachelor Program Sport & Event Management (B.Sc.) and Master Program International Sport & Event Management (M.A.)
University of Applied Sciences Europe, Iserlohn, Germany

Since 10/2007
Professor of Sport Management
UE, Iserlohn, Germany

Higher Education

10/2003 - 02/2007
Doctoral Programme at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany
Degree: Dr. rer. soc., (German PhD-equivalent)

04/2001 - 03/2003
Studies of Health Sciences at Bielefeld University, Germany
Degree: Master of Public Health (MPH)

04/1996 - 12/2000
Studies of Business Administration at University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany
Degree: Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH) (German Bachelor Honours-equivalent)

Professional Experiences

Since 09/2008
Columnist of Fitness Tribune, Leading Magazine for Fitness and Health Promotion for German-speaking Europe, Minusio, Switzerland

09/2012 - 08/2015
Chairman of the Standards Council
EuropeActive formerly known as European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), Brussels, Belgium

03/2006 - 02/2007
Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius, Idstein, Germany
Department of Economics & Media

12/2000 - 02/2006
Outfit Fitness & Health Club, Bielefeld, Germany
Quality Management, Marketing, Customer Relationship Management

Entrepreneurial Experience

Since 08/2012
Blog for Sport Management www.trieger.de

Visiting Professorships

Since 10/2014
Lithuanian Sports University, Sport Management

Since 05/2012
Real Madrid Graduate School, Sport Management

Since 03/2012
European University Cyprus, Sport Management

Awards & Honours

2012
Achievement Award, GR.A.F.T.S Hellas (Greece) for the contribution to the education of the World Fitness Professionals

2012
Teaching Award of the Faculty of International Service Industries at the UE, Best Evaluation for a German-speaking Lecture

2011
Teaching Awards of the Faculty of International Service Industries at the UE, Best Evaluation for an English-speaking and German-speaking Lecture

2003
AOK-Award – Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University for an excellent achievement in Health Sciences and Public Health based on the Master Thesis: Health promotion through sporting activity - an analysis of the potentials and perspectives of exercise Programmes

Conference Organisation

Since 2012
International Standards Meeting, European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), Brussels, http://www.ehfa-standards.eu/?q=node/94

Memberships

Life Fitness Personal Trainers to Watch, Member of the Jury
Expert Group “Sport, Health and Participation”, European Commission
FAMAB - Association for Live Communication, Member of the Jury, Adam & Eva Award
European Health & Fitness Association, Member of the Standards Council
Gaia – Institute of Environmental Management, Board Member
EASM | European Association for Sport Management
Deutsche Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft e.V. (dvs) – German Society of Sport Science
Public Health Absolventen Deutschland e.V. (PHAD) – German Alumni Association of Public Health

Publications

Monographs

Middelkamp, J. & Rieger, T. (2013). EHFA's Retention Report 2013. A comprehensive understanding of member retention in fitness clubs. Nijmegen.
Rieger, T. (2007). Qualitätsmanagement der Gesundheitsförderung bei kommerziellen Fitnesssportanbietern – Voraussetzungen und Barrieren einer Implementierung. Hamburg.
Rieger, T. (2003). Gesundheitsförderung durch sportliche Aktivität – eine Analyse der Potenziale und Perspektiven des Gesundheitssports. Hamburg.
Rieger, T. (2000). Die Analyse der Kundenzufriedenheit in der Fitnessbranche. Hamburg.

Edited Volumes

Rieger, T., Naclerio, F., Jimenez, A. & Moody, J. (2015). Europe Active’s Foundations for Exercise Professionals. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Rieger, T., Jones, B. & Jimenez, A. (2015). Europe Active's Essentials for Personal Trainers. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Santos-Rocha, R., Rieger, T. & Jimenez, A. (2015). Europe Active’s Essentials for Fitness Instructors. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Rieger, T. (2015). Building Rapport and Customer Care. In T. Rieger, F. Naclerio, A. Jimenez & J. Moody (Eds.), Europe Active's Foundations for Exercise Professionals. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Rieger, T. (2015). Customer Service. In R. Santos-Rocha, T. Rieger & A. Jimenez (Eds.), Europe Active’s Essentials for Fitness Instructors. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Rieger, T. (2014). Balancing the Marketing Focus in Fitness Clubs: External/Internal. In European Health & Fitness Association (Ed.), The Future of Health & Fitness. A Plan for Getting Europe Active by 2025 (pp. 170-173). Nijmegen: Black Box Publishers.
Rieger, T. (2014). Overview of Occupational Descriptors. In European Health & Fitness Association (Ed.), The Future of Health & Fitness. A Plan for Getting Europe Active by 2025 (pp. 174-179). Nijmegen: Black Box Publishers.
Rieger, T. (2013). Sustainability and Health Tourism. In I. Jenkins & R. Schröder (Eds.), Sustainability and Tourism. A multidisciplinary approach (pp. 53-68). Wiesbaden: Gabler.
Rieger, T. (2011). Individueller Sportkonsum - Potenziale und Perspektiven der Individualisierung im Freizeitsport. In R. Freericks & D. Brinkmann (Eds.), Zukunftsfähige Freizeit. Analysen - Perspektiven - Projekte (p. 107-120). Tagungsband des 1. Bremer Freizeitkongress 2010. Bremen: Institut für Freizeitwissenschaft und Kulturarbeit.

Journal Articles

Refereed Journals

Batrakoulis, A. & Rieger, T. (2014). European barometer on the top future trends in fitness education, training and certification of the exercise professionals. Journal for Physical Education and Sport Science by Panhellenic Association of Graduate Physical Education 1, 10-26.
Rieger, T. (2012). Differenzierung durch Qualität – Ansätze zur Entwicklung eines ganzheitlichen Qualitätskonzepts für gesundheitsorientierte Fitnessstudios. Sciamus – Sport und Management, 3 (3), 71-82.
Rieger, T. (2011). Erfolgsfaktor Mitarbeiterorientierung - Zur Bedeutung des Internen Marketing für kommerzielle Fitnesssportanbieter. Sciamus - Sport und Management, 2 (2), 40-50.
Rieger, T. (2010). Gezielte Mitarbeiterorientierung im Sportdienstleistungsbereich - Internes Marketing dargestellt am Beispiel von Anbietern des professionellen Zuschauersports. Sciamus - Sport und Management, 1 (2), 32-43.

Misc. Journals

Rieger, T. (2014). Zweiter Teil des Berichts zum 4. International Standards Meeting des Standards Council der European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA). Fitness Tribune, 26 (3), 56-57.
Rieger, T. (2014). Erster Teil des Berichts zum 4. International Standards Meeting des Standards Council der European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA). Fitness Tribune, 26 (2), 54.
Rieger, T. (2013). International Standards Meeting – das Event-Format für Standardentwicklung in der europäischen Fitnessindustrie. Fitness Tribune, 25 (6), 42.
Rieger, T. (2013). Branchenspezifische Managementherausforderungen und notwendige Ausbildungsstandards der Fitnessindustrie. Fitness Tribune, 25 (5), 43.
Rieger, T. (2013). Zur Bedeutung von europäischen Ausbildungsstandards im Bereich Fitnessmanagement. Fitness Tribune, 25 (4), 66.
Rieger, T. (2013). 3. International Standards Meeting des Standards Council der European Health & Fitness Association - Teil 2. Fitness Tribune, 25 (3), 64.
Rieger, T. (2013). 3. International Standards Meeting des Standards Council der European Health & Fitness Association - Teil 1. Fitness Tribune, 25 (2), 142.
Rieger, T. (2013). Zur Entwicklung von Ausbildungsstandards in der europäischen Fitness- und Gesundheitsindustrie. Fitness Tribune, 25 (1), 86.
Rieger, T. (2011). Kundenindividuelle Fitnessdienstleistungen. Notwendigkeit und Möglichkeiten der Individualisierung in der Fitnesswirtschaft. Fitness Tribune, 23 (2), 12-13.
Rieger, T. (2010). Die demografische Entwicklung - (K)ein Thema für die Fitnessbranche. Fitness Tribune, 22 (4), 14-15.
Rieger, T. (2010). (Kommerzielle) Fitnessbranche: Quo vadis?. Fitness Tribune, 22 (2), 20-21.
Rieger, T. (2009). Gründung eines Rats der Gesundheitsförderungsweisen. Fitness Tribune, 21 (6), 20-21 und 146.
Rieger, T. (2009). Erfolgreiche Kunden sind treue Kunden. Fitness Tribune, 21 (4), 18 und 149.
Rieger, T. (2008). Die Trainingsfläche und ihre Trainer - Herzstück einer Fitnessanlage. Fitness Tribune, 20 (6), 74-75.
Rieger, T. (2008). Die Fitnessclub-Betreiber sind zu bequem sich zu bücken. Das Geld liegt doch auf der Straße! Fitness Tribune, 20 (4), 16-17.
Rieger, T. (2003). Gesunde Ernährung. Article of the Sport Scientific Column (Part 6), Westfalen-Blatt, September 11, 2003.
Rieger, T. (2003). Fitness-Angebote genau prüfen. Article of the Sport Scientific Column (Part 5), Westfalen-Blatt, September 9, 2003.
Rieger, T. (2003). Bewegung im Alter steigert die Lebensqualität. Article of the Sport Scientific Column (Part 4), Westfalen-Blatt, September 4, 2003.
Rieger, T. (2003). Ein kräftiger Rücken gibt „Rückhalt“ für den Alltag. Article of the Sport Scientific Column (Part 3), Westfalen-Blatt, September 2, 2003.
Rieger, T. (2003). Das Ausdauertraining: Regelmäßig in Maßen. Article of the Sport Scientific Column (Part 2), Westfalen-Blatt, August 28, 2003.
Rieger, T. (2003). Sport: die Medizin ohne Risiko. Article of the Sport Scientific Column (Part 1), Westfalen-Blatt, August 26, 2003.

Presentations (Peer Reviewed)

Rieger, T. & Scherle, N. (2014). Going Inclusive? Zum Trend der Inklusivität von Großsportevents – Sporttouristische Potentiale und Perspektiven am Beispiel der CrossFit Games [Presentation at the Conference of the German Society of Tourism Science, German Sports University, November 15, 2014].
Rieger, T. (2013). Strategy for Employability and Recognition – EHFA Standards [Presentation at the XII ENSSEE (European Sport Science Network and Education Employment) Forum in Groningen (Netherlands), October 25, 2013].
Rieger, T. (2010). Individual Consumption of Sports – Potentials and Perspectives of the Individualization in Recreational Sports [Presentation at the Congress of Leisure Studies in Bremen, November 13, 2010].
Rieger, T. (2007). Zur Einflussnahme der Organisationskultur auf die Implementierbarkeit von Gesundheitsförderung bei kommerziellen Fitnesssportanbietern [Presentation at the Conference of the German Society of Sport Science in Hamburg, September 28, 2007].
Rieger, T. & Neises, G. (2006). Medical and economical aspects of Corporate Health Promotion [Presentation at the 9th German-Austrian-Swiss University Conference ‘Tourism and Health’, University of Applied Sciences Coburg].

Misc. Presentations

Rieger, T. (2012). Service Management in the Fitness Industry - Characteristics, Importance and Standardization [GR.A.F.T.S. Athens Fitness Convention, October 13-14, 2012].
Rieger, T. (2012). Standardization for the European Health and Fitness Industry - Status Quo and Future Plans [GR.A.F.T.S. Athens Fitness Convention, October 13-14, 2012].
Rieger, T. (2012). The role of the fitness coach for a sustainable corporate success - a critical and constructive analysis from an internal marketing perspective [FIBOmed Exhibition in Essen, April 20, 2012].
Rieger, T. (2011). Kundenbindung: Mitarbeiterqualifikation und Mitarbeiterorientierung als Erfolgsfaktoren für Fitnessanbieter [Presentation at the 8th Sport Congress in Stuttgart, October 20, 2011].
Rieger, T. (2009). Business Plan Presentation of the project Silver Sana [Presentation within the framework of the Business Healthcare Challenge at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, October 30, 2009].
Rieger, T. (2008). Sports as an urban success factor [Presentation at Phoenix Hagen, Basketball. April 3, 2008].
Rieger, T. (2004). The importance of targeted physical activity for a healthy back [Presentation within the framework of the ‘Corporate Health Days’ at Schüco International KG, June 30, 2004].

Interviews

Rieger, T. (2008). Interrogation – Interview with Prof Rieger by Tim Schneider, BiTSLicht, No. 14, 58. http://www.bitslicht.de/images/ausgaben/BiTSLicht_14.pdf
Rieger, T. (2008). About ‘Partiots’ and other spectators, Interview by Janine Tokarski within the framework of the Football European Championships 2008, Iserlohner Kreisanzeiger, July 8, 2008. http://www.derwesten.de/nachrichten/staedte/iserlohn/2008/7/8/news-61092698/detail.html