Sean Cumming

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Research interests

Sean joined the Department for Health in 2006 from the University of Washington (Seattle). He obtained a PhD in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2002 where he worked at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. Sean is the Director of Studies for the MRes in Health and Well-Being and serves as a University representative for the ESRC funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

Sean’s research explores how individual differences in growth and maturation contribute towards adolescent development in the contexts of sport and exercise.  Adopting a biocultural perspective, his research seeks to understand how biological and psychosocial factors interact to impact athlete selection and socialization in youth sports, and the maintenance of health behaviors during adolescence. Other research interests include the development, implementation, and evaluation of school and sports based initiatives that encourage active and healthy living through positive coaching and mentoring. Experienced in the use of invasive and non-invasive methods for the assessment of biological maturation in youth, he has worked in research and consultancy roles with the Premier League, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association, British Gymnastics, Southampton Football Club, and Bath Rugby. He has also contributed to age estimation proceedings as an expert witness for various legal firms. 

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has an h-index of 32 and an i10-index of 59. His research has been funded by numerous agencies including the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, British Academy, and 21st Century Legacy. Sean has peer reviewed for over 40 journals and has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, and was a former Associate-Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

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Projects 2007 2021

Does variability in biological maturation and training load impact injury in youth gymnasts?

Cumming, S. & Williams, S.

30/03/1829/04/21

Project: Research-related fundingPGR Training Grant

MRC P2D - Bath Rugby Growth and Maturation Programme

Cumming, S.

1/07/151/02/16

Project: Research council

ISCOLE

Standage, M., Gillison, F. & Cumming, S.

1/01/1131/12/13

Project: Research-related funding

Research Output 2001 2018

Biobanding: A new paradigm for youth sport and training

Rogol, A. D., Cumming, S. & Malina, R. M. 29 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatrics.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Biocultural predictors of motor coordination among pre-pubertal boys and girls

Luz, L., Valente-dos-Santos, J., Luz, T., Sousae-e-Silva, P., Duarte, J. P., Machado-Rodrigues, A., Seabra, A., Santos, R., Cumming, S. P. & Coelho-e-Silva, M. J. 1 Feb 2018 In : Perceptual and Motor Skills. 125, 1, p. 21-39 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Odds Ratio
Exercise
Logistic Models
Mothers
Sports
Open Access
File
Multilevel Analysis
Pediatric Obesity
Life Style
Exercise
Sports

Multivariate relationships among morphology, fitness and motor coordination in prepubertal girls

Luz, L. G. O., Coelho-e-Silva, M. J., Duarte, J. P., Valente-dos-Santos, J., Machado-Rodrigues, A., Seabra, A., Carmo, B. C. M., Vaeyens, R., Philippaerts, R. M., Cumming, S. P. & Malina, R. M. 1 Jun 2018 In : Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 17, 2, p. 197-204 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physical Fitness
Hand Strength
Body Size
Fats
Observation