August 16, 2021

Episode #23. The impact of growth and maturation on youth sport and exercise with Sean Cummin.

As the great Lionel Messi once said, “It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success”. Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time but was a classic late maturer in football and a rare exception to the rule of the early maturer bias in the world of youth sport.  Before we get into today’s episode, I want you to think whether you have ever personally experienced or even witnessed second-hand children playing sport against other children that look physically older than their age group? Have you wondered how this could be? Well, my episode today not only provides an answer to this question but also a solution to even up the playing field.  In this episode I chat with Sean Cummin who is internationally recognised as a leading expert on the subject of growth and maturation in sport and exercise.  In today’s conversation we explored a whole host of topics including the relative age effect, biological maturity, early specialisation, the female athlete triad, and bio-banding. Now, although sport is the main theme, I don’t want you to put off by this if you are non-sporty, as Sean’s principles can also be applied to parents who want to learn about the changes that their children will be experiencing during the growth and maturation phases. So, with all that said, let’s get into today’s episode with Sean Cummin.


- Twitter Sean: @phd_sean

- Book recommendation – Growth and Maturation in Physical Activity by Robert Malina,  Little girls and pretty boxes by Joan Ryan

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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