Berufskarrieren von ehemaligen NLA Eishockeyspielern in der Schweiz - zum Einfluss der Sportkarriere auf die Berufskarriere

Baltisberger, Martin; Nagel, Siegfried (2016). Berufskarrieren von ehemaligen NLA Eishockeyspielern in der Schweiz - zum Einfluss der Sportkarriere auf die Berufskarriere. Swiss Sports & Exercise Medicine, 64(1), pp. 41-46. rubmedia

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A career in elite sports requires a significant investment of time. Professional sportsmen, such as Swiss ice hockey players, are intensively involved in the system of high-performance sports. From junior years through to the end of a professional career, a high investment of time is necessary to develop the appropriate sporting achievements. Building an ice hockey career occurs at the same time as the school phase of vocational training. The high time-demand of sport training can affect the choices and occupational opportunities offered at this time. After the end of the professional career and hockey players are forced to enter ’normal’ working life. How do the careers of professional ice hockey players develop and what influence does their high-performance sports career have on their following working life. This question is investigated examining the hockey and professional careers of 76 former players of the National League A (NLA) who have ended their careers between 1990 and 2005. As part of a quantitative-oriented cohort analysis, the former NLA players were surveyed about their careers and the possible influence of high performance sport. In comparison to the total population of Switzerland, the former NLA players, despite the time commitment to hockey, often reach the first level of secondary school and often achieve higher qualifications. Their training certificates, however, are in part below average, which may be related to the burden of professional hockey. However, this is often compensated by institutional support measures, which have also been expanded in recent decades. The former NLA players stand out in comparison to the total population, and especially to their brothers, with above-average professional positions. They tend to use their prominence and related networks to develop opportunities to work in the professional hockey field, and along with their financial situation, have positive influences on their professional career.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

UniBE Contributor:

Nagel, Siegfried


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment








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Date Deposited:

02 Feb 2017 14:10

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:00

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Spitzensportkarriere; Doppelbelastung; Nachsportliche Karriere; Eishockey; career in top level sport; double career; occupational career; hockey




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