Sean Cumming

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Research interests

Dr Sean Cumming is internationally recognized as a leading expert on the subject of growth and maturation in sport and exercise. Adopting a biocultural perspective, his research seeks to understand how biological and psychosocial factors impact athletic development and the maintenance of health behaviors during adolescence. Experienced in the use of invasive and non-invasive methods for the assessment of growth and maturation in youth, he has worked in research and consultancy roles with the Premier League, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association, British Gymnastics, One Dance UK, British Triathlon, Cleveland Indians, Sports Office, Team Bath, and Bath Rugby. He currently supervises PhD students with the Lawn Tennis Association, British Gymnastics, Southampton FC, Bournemouth FC, and Manchester United FC.  He has contributed to age and maturity estimation proceedings as an expert witness in various legal cases. Other interests include the development, implementation, and evaluation of school and sports based initiatives that encourage active and healthy living through positive coaching and mentoring. 

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has an h-index of 34 and an i10-index of 69. 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

Research Output

Experiences of delayed maturation in female vocational ballet students: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

Mitchell, S., Cumming, S. & Haase, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Adolescence.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Assessment and Consideration of Growth and Maturation in Youth Athletes

Cumming, S., Patel, T. S. & Malina, R. M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Nuevas tendencias en el desarrollo del talento deportivo. Lopez, V., Hidalgo, P. & Pons, M. (eds.). Documenta Universitaria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Role of Growth and Maturation during Adolescence on Team-Selection and Short-Term Sports Participation

Baxter-Jones, A., Barbour-Tuck, E., Donavan, D., Sherar, L., Knight, C., Cumming, S., Ferguson, L., Kowalski, K. & Humbert, L., 21 Jan 2020, In : Annals of Human Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bio-banding in Academy Football: Player's Perceptions of a Maturity Matched Tournament

Bradley, B., Johnson, D., Hill, M., McGee, D., Kana-ah, A., Sharpin, C., Sharp, P., Kelly, A., Cumming, S. & Malina, R. M., 8 Aug 2019, In : Annals of Human Biology. 46, 5, p. 400-408 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Bio-Banding in Youth Sports: Background, Concept and Application

Malina, R. M., Cumming, S., Rogol, A. D., Coelho e Silva, M. J., Figueiredo, A. J., Konarksi, J. & Koziel, S., 1 Nov 2019, In : Sports Medicine. 49, 11, p. 1671-1685 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

4 Citations (Scopus)

Thesis

Case Study of ‘The Schools on the Move’ Project

Author: Konidari, S., 31 Dec 2012

Supervisor: Cumming, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Health and Wellbeing in Elite Female Ballet Dancers: Implications of Maturity Timing

Author: Mitchell, S., 7 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Cumming, S. (Supervisor) & Haase, A. M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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