Mark De Ste Croix

Mark De Ste Croix
University of Gloucestershire · School of Sport & Exercise

PhD

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Education
October 1995 - May 1998
University of Exeter
Field of study
  • Paediatric sport and exercise science

Publications

Publications (171)
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The individual response to load is multifactorial and complicated by transient and temporal changes in biological maturation. The period surrounding peak height velocity exposes potentially ‘fragile’ individuals to systematic, age-related increases in training loads. Bio-banding allows practitioners to manage the biological diversity and align trai...
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Commonly we see large within-age-group variations in physique, including body mass, stature, and percentages of predicted adult height, which suggests that age-specified training loads are flawed. Aims were to investigate how maturation impacts training load and neuromuscular response within academy soccer and to provide recommendations for practit...
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The aim of this longitudinal observational study was to examine the age differences in jump landing kinematics in 13–17-year-old male soccer players. Landing technique was evaluated in three consecutive seasons in U14 (n = 15) and the U16 (n = 10) competition age groups using the Landing Error Scoring System (LESS). For the LESS, ANOVA revealed no...
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Background: Tennis is one of the most popular sports among youth. At elite levels, a notable increase in injury incidence and a temporary decline in performance may occur when children progress through puberty. However, limited research has explored maturity-associated variations in clinical measurements suggested as predictors of injury and tennis...
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Three-dimensional (3D) motion capture systems have been used to identify athletes in high risk of injury, but due to their cost, lack of portability and qualified technicians, an alternative is needed, such as two-dimensional (2D) systems. The purpose of this study was to examine the criterion-related validity of three measures of frontal plane kne...
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Purpose: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological data of injuries in male and female youth football players. Methods: Searches were performed in MEDLINE/PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and SPORTDiscus databases. Studies were considered if they reported injury incidence rate among male and female youth (≤19 yea...
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Background: A midpoint report of the evaluation of the Boing intervention which seeks to educate practitioners on a play-based curriculum in Physical Literacy (PL) settings. Current approaches to operationalising PL and it's delivery are commonly oversimplified. PL is a highly complex, multifaced conceptualisation of the skills required to develop...
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Female soccer has seen a substantial rise in participation, as well as increased financial support from governing bodies over the last decade. Thus, there is an onus on researchers and medical departments to develop a better understanding of the physical characteristics and demands, and the health and performance needs of female soccer players. In...
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The purposes of this study were to describe the lower extremities joints range of motion (ROM) profile using a comprehensive approach in futsal players and to examine potential player position (goalkeepers vs. outfield players), competitive level (first [top] division vs. second division), number of playing years, sex (males vs. females), and bilat...
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Purpose Monitoring maturation facilitates effective talent development. Various methods of maturity estimation exist with limited knowledge of concordance between methods. This study aims to establish agreement between methods of varied constructs to predict maturity status and compare concordance of methods to categorise players using established...
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This study aimed to explore the inter-session reliability of the measures obtained from 2 trunk extension (Biering-Sorensen and Dynamic Extensor Endurance (DEE) tests) and 3 trunk flexion (Ito, Side Bridge and Bench Trunk Curl-Up (BTC) tests) endurance field-based tests in adolescents. A total of 208 (males, n = 100; females, n = 108) adolescents p...
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Background: The injury profile of each playing position in handball is a key factor in being able to improve the injury risk management process. Therefore, the aim of this study was to longitudinally analyze the differences in professional handball players’ injury profile according to their playing position (i.e., goalkeeper, back, wing and line)....
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Background Football is the most popular sport among women; however, little is known about the injury profile in this population. This information would help design tailored injury risk mitigation strategies that may make football safer for women. Objective The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiologica...
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Lower extremity non-contact soft tissue (LE-ST) injuries are prevalent in elite futsal. The purpose of this study was to develop robust screening models based on pre-season measures obtained from questionnaires and field-based tests to prospectively predict LEST injuries after having applied a range of supervised Machine Learning techniques. One hu...
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Background: The most demanding scenarios and physical demands of elite basketball 5-on-5 scrimmages are unknown to trainers, although recent advances in microtechnology allows the gaps in this research to be filled. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the physical demands, through the most demanding scenarios and traditional aver...
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Purpose: Overuse injury risk increases during periods of accelerated growth, which can subsequently impact development in academy soccer, suggesting a need to quantify training exposure. Nonprescriptive development scheme legislation could lead to inconsistent approaches to monitoring maturity and training load. Therefore, this study aimed to commu...
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Objectives To determine whether back foot (BF) position influences dorsiflexion range of motion (DFROM) during three different positions of the weight bearing lunge test (WBLT). Design Randomised, repeated measures design. Setting Sports clubs. Participants 52 athletes participating in cutting and pivoting sports. Main outcome measures DFROM wa...
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The aim of this study was to explore the effects of simulated soccer match play on neuromuscular performance in adolescent players longitudinally over a two-year period. Eleven players completed all measurements in both years of the study (1st year: age 16.0 ± 0.4 y; stature 178.8 ± 6.4 cm; mass 67.5 ± 7.8 kg; maturity-offset 2.24 ± 0.71 y). There...
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Resource constraints complicate load monitoring practices in some academies, which is problematic based on load-injury associations surrounding periods of rapid non-linear growth. Limited research has explored relationships between maturation and perceived psycho-physiological response to activity and associated neuromuscular performance changes. T...
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The aim of the present study was to identify potential gender differences in leg stiffness and reactive strength during hopping tasks in 13 to16-year old team sports players. Reactive strength index (RSI) and leg stiffness were obtained in two consecutive seasons from 51 girls (U14: n = 31, U16: n = 20) and 65 boys (U14: n = 32, U16: n = 33). A sig...
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Range of movement (ROM) assessment is an important strategy to increase physical-technical performance and minimize the risk of sports-related injuries. Currently, there is no consensus regarding which ROM assessment method is the most appropriate. The main objective of this study was to perform a systematic review of the test batteries available f...
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Clarke, R, Read, PJ, De Ste Croix, MBA, and Hughes, JD. The deceleration deficit: a novel field-based method to quantify deceleration during change of direction performance. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2020-The study investigated the relationship between linear and change of direction (COD) speed performance components and the individual di...
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Change of direction (COD) testing has commonly reported a single total time to quantify performance despite that tests are made up of a number of different phases. No investigation into these phases has been completed, therefore the aim of this study was to examine the reliability between sessions and directions of the different phases of a 505 tes...
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PurposeIt is well recognised that injury prevention training can reduce injury incidence, however current coach education pathways do not provide grass-root coaches with the knowledge and confidence to deliver such training to youth players. The aim of this study was to explore differences in knowledge, understanding, attitude and confidence to del...
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The aim was to analyze the differences in professional handball players` injury profile according to the team`s competitive-level (i.e., First division vs. Second division). Fifty-three professional male handball players participated in this study during 4 consecutive seasons in the same team (2015-16 and 2016-17 for the First division league and 2...
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Purpose: There are well known challenges to implementing injury prevention training in youth players, but no data are available on the knowledge and understanding of deliverers of such programmes at grass-root level. To increase adoption and adherence to such programmes coach knowledge and understanding of injury risk and prevention is essential. I...
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Objectives Examine growth and maturation trends in dynamic balance using the anterior reach Y-Balance test, and its utility as an injury risk screening tool. Design Cross sectional and prospective cohort. Setting Elite male youth soccer players. Participants 346 players grouped as pre, circa or post peak height velocity (PHV). Main outcome meas...
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The main purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis quantifying the incidence of injuries in futsal players. A systematic search was conducted using MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus databases and subsequently six studies (14 cohorts) were selected. Two reviewers independently extracted data and assessed tri...
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During puberty, the growth of the bones is faster than that of the muscles, which may result in muscular tightness. Muscular tightness and asymmetry have been associated with an increase in injury incidence. The assessment of a joint range of motion (ROM) could help to identify athletes classified as high injury risk. The objectives of the present...
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Overuse injury risk increases during periods of accelerated growth which can subsequently impact development in academy soccer, suggesting a need to quantify training exposure. Non- prescriptive development scheme legislation could lead to inconsistent approaches to monitoring maturity and training load. Therefore, this study aims to communicate cu...
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Robles-Palazón, FJ, Ayala, F, Cejudo, A, De Ste Croix, M, Sainz de Baranda, P, and Santonja, F. Effects of age and maturation on lower extremity range of motion in male youth soccer players. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2020-Restricted joint range of motion (ROM) has been considered as a primary risk factor for some sport-related injuries. C...
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Objectives The purpose of this study was to examine whether the use of machine learning improved the ability of a neuromuscular screen to identify injury risk factors in elite male youth football players. Methods 355 elite youth football players aged 10–18 years old completed a prospective pre-season neuromuscular screen that included anthropometr...
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This meta-analysis aimed to estimate the inter- and intra-tester reliability of endurance measures obtained through trunk extension field-based tests and to explore the influence of the moderators on the reliability estimates. The reliability induction rate of trunk extension endurance measures was also calculated. A systematic search was conducted...
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Background: Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is linked to mechanical and functional insufficiencies. Joint mobilization is purported to be effective at treating these deficits. Purpose: To examine the effect of different treatment durations of a grade IV anterior-to-posterior ankle joint mobilization on weightbearing dorsiflexion range of motion (WB...
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Some long-term athlete development models have proposed generic sensitive periods or “windows of opportunity” during childhood and adolescence that are optimal for training general motor abilities such as strength or speed. However, it remains unclear whether these periods exist. This review will therefore critically appraise the rationale behind g...
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The aims of this study were to analyze the muscle injury incidence in an elite Spanish soccer academy during three consecutive seasons attending to different chronological age-groups (i.e., U14, U16, U19 and senior), and to examine the hamstring injury incidence in this elite soccer academy. 227 elite male youth soccer players participated in this...
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Purpose: To examine the influence of growth and maturation in the trajectory of stretch-shortening cycle capability. Method: Using a mixed-longitudinal design, absolute and relative leg stiffness and reactive strength index (RSI) were measured 3 times over a 3-year period in 44 youth team-sport players. Maturation was determined as maturity offs...
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The incidence of non-contact injuries in youth sport is high and poses significant personal, social and economic burden on players and clubs. In soccer, the most common injuries include injuries of the lower extremities, with the prevailing type of injury being non-contact lower limb injury. This book presents information regarding changes in lower...
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Objective: Determine how lower limb neuromuscular control changes over the course of a competitive soccer season. Design: Repeated measures. Setting: Academy soccer club. Participants: 43 male youth soccer players (age 13.1 ± 2.2 yr; height 160.1 ± 15.7 cm; body mass 49.4 ± 14.3 kg; maturity offset 0.2 ± 1.9 yr). Main outcome measures: Pre...
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The main purpose of the current study was to analyze the injury incidence, characteristics and burden among sub-elite female futsal players. Individual exposure to match play and training, injury incidence and characteristics (player position, injury mechanism, type of injuries, severity of injuries, recurrent vs. new injuries, season variation of...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyse the relationship between several parameters of neuromuscular performance with dynamic postural control using a Bayesian Network Classifiers (BN) based analysis. Methods: The y-balance test (measure of dynamic postural control), isokinetic (concentric and eccentric) knee flexion and extension stre...
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The effect of joint mobilisation treatment dose on dynamic balance in those with chronic ankle instability
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Context Despite the popularity of jump-landing tasks being used to identify injury risk factors, minimal data currently exist examining differences in knee kinematics during commonly used bilateral jumping tasks. This is especially the case for rebounding-based protocols involving young athletes. Objective The purpose of this study was to compare...
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Objective We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological data of injuries in professional male football. Method Forty-four studies have reported the incidence of injuries in football. Two reviewers independently extracted data and assessed trial quality using the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epid...
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Stastny, P, Lehnert, M, De Ste Croix, M, Petr, M, Svoboda, Z, Maixnerova, E, Varekova, R, Botek, M, Petrek, M, Lenka, K, and Cięszczyk, P. Effect of COL5A1, GDF5, and PPARA genes on a movement screen and neuromuscular performance in adolescent team sport athletes. J Strength Cond Res 33(8): 2057-2065, 2019-The risk of injury increases with adolesce...
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Hamstring strain injury (HSI) is one of the most prevalent and severe injury in professional soccer. The purpose was to analyze and compare the predictive ability of a range of machine learning techniques to select the best performing injury risk factor model to identify professional soccer players at high risk of HSIs. A total of 96 male professio...
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Poor neuromuscular control and fatigue have been proposed as a risk factor for non-contact injuries especially around peak height velocity (PHV). This study explored the effects of competitive soccer match-play on neuromuscular performance and muscle damage in male youth soccer players. 24 youth players aged 13-16y were split into a PHV group (−0.5...
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Background: Muscle flexibility is a main component of health-related fitness and one of the basic components of fitness for the performance in some sports. Sport and health professionals require the flexibility profile of soccer to define quantitative aims in the training of flexibility. The aim of this study was to identify age-related difference...
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The authors acknowledge that Liz Ellis did not co-author this article and was erroneously listed as co-author. Editor’s note: COPE flowchart Changes in authorship d) (“Request for removal of author after publication”) was followed.
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Background: The efficacy of robustness training for high- versus low-risk individuals within high-risk groups is currently unknown. Purpose: To explore the efficacy of robustness training on injury risk factors among female youth soccer players and to examine if high-risk athletes are greater responders to such training. Study design: Controll...
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Summary Background Use of overdosage of Non-Prescription Drugs (NPD) among university students is a serious public health issue. However, there are no extensive studies that measured the prevalence of taking more than the recommended dose of NPD and / or identified the risk associated with this behavior among university students. Objectives This s...
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Purpose: To analyse the relationship between several parameters of neuromuscular performance with unilateral dynamic balance measured through the Y-Balance test, as well as to determine the possible sex-related differences. Methods: The Y-Balance test, isokinetic (concentric and eccentric) knee flexion and extension strength, isometric hip abduc...
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A. (2017) Appropriateness assessment and identifying the risk factors of oral non-prescription drugs' use among university students in the United Arab
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This was delivered at ECSS, Dublin in July 2018 and summarises a 'state of the nation' survey we conducted investigating current approaches to monitoring biological maturity and training load in youth soccer.
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Objectives: Examine the effects of maturation on single leg jumping performance in elite male youth soccer players. Design: Cross sectional. Setting: Academy soccer clubs. Participants: 347 male youth players classified as either pre, circa or post-peak height velocity (PHV). Main outcome measures: Single leg countermovement jump (SLCMJ) h...
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The aim of this study was to examine and compare the acute effects of basketball-specific fatigue on muscular stiffness and reactive strength in male adolescent basketball players of two age categories. Reactive strength, expressed by means of the reactive strength index (RSI), and leg stiffness (LS) as mechanisms associated with the risk of ACL in...
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Context: Despite the high frequency of knee injuries in athletes, few researchers have studied the effects of chronologic age and stage of maturation on knee-joint kinematics in male youth soccer players. Objective: To use a coach-friendly screening tool to examine knee-valgus scores for players of different ages and at different stages of matur...
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Purpose: Fatigue negatively alters dynamic knee control, and the functional hamstring/quadriceps ratio (H/QFUNC) plays an important role in stabilizing the joint. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of soccer-specific exercise on H/QFUNCin under (U) 13-, U15-, and U17-year-old female soccer players. Methods: A total of 36 fema...