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 2007 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

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

Johnson, D., Bradley, B., Hill, M., McGee, D., Kana-ah, A., Sharpin, C., Sharp, P., Kelly, A., Malina, R. M. & Cumming, S., 13 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of Human Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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., 31 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sports Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cross sectional analysis investigating the concordance of maturity status classifications in elite Caucasian youth tennis players

Myburgh, G., Cumming, S. & Malina, R. M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Sports Medicine - Open. 5, 1, 27.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Growing Pains: Maturity Associated Variation in Injury Risk in Academy Football

Johnson, D., Williams, S., Bradley, B., Sayer, S., Murray Fisher, J. & Cumming, S., 19 Jun 2019, In : European Journal of Sport Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Relative Age and Maturation Selection Biases in Academy Football

Hill, M., Scott, S., Malina, R. M., McGee, D. & Cumming, S., 18 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sports Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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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