Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Using maths to develop elite sports stars

IMI Public Lecture

Speaker: Dr Sean Cumming, Senior Lecturer in the Department for Health, University of Bath   

When: Friday 10 November at 3.15 pm - 4.15 pm (Tea and coffee from 2.45 pm)

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre (Building 4W, Room 1.7)

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Sports trainingAbstract: Children of the same age can differ by as much as five to six years in terms of their biological age; a term which refers to their level of maturity.

Whether a child matures early or late has important implications for their physical, psychological and behavioural development, and these impacts are especially notable in age based activities, such as youth sports.

To ensure that both early and late developers get optimal training and development challenges, sports organisations and professional clubs are working with the Institute for Mathematical Innovation and the University of Bath to devise innovative strategies to better monitor and account for individual differences in growth and maturation.

In this lecture, Dr Cumming will describe this work and how mathematics in particular is helping develop the UK’s next generation of elite sports stars.
 

 

Dr Sean CummingDr Sean Cumming

Dr Sean Cumming is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health at the University of Bath. He joined the Department in 2006 from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington (Seattle). Sean obtained his PhD in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2002 where he worked for the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.

Sean’s research focuses on adolescent health and development, with particular emphasis on the processes of growth and maturation, and the development of school and sports based initiatives that encourage active and healthy living. He was seconded to the IMI in the last academic year, where he collaborated with IMI’s Commercial Research Associates to gain a better understanding of how the growth and development of young athletes impact their development and performance.

Sean has published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and his research has been funded by a number of agencies including the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, and 21st Century Legacy. Sean is an Associate-Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.

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