Staff Profiles: Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Staff Profile: Prof. Mark De Ste Croix
Professor of Paediatric Sport and Exercise

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Prof. Mark De Ste Croix

Professor of Paediatric Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

My interests lie in paediatric sport and exercise with an emphasis on injury prevention. I work predominantly with football clubs to identify injury risk in academy players and providing advice on recovery strategies and screening techniques.


After undertaking my teacher training degree I knew I had an interest both in children's sport and physical activity and a growing interest in science. I completed a PhD exploring how children's muscle strength changes with growth and maturation and am now using that knowledge to explore how to reduce injury risk in youth sport. This has provided me with a great opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading football clubs. 


Award Title Institution Date
BA Ed (Hons) Physical Education University of Exeter 1995
PhD The development of isokinetic leg strength University of Exeter 1998


Chartered Scientist

British Association of Sport and Exercise


AAHPERD Research Consortium’s 2013 Research Writing Award: Heart Rate Variability: Effect of Exercise Intensity on Post Exercise Response

Queen's Anniversary Award: Higher Education at Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, Exeter University

Membership of professional bodies

British Association of Sport and Exercise

Teaching and research


I mainly teach on the Masters Strength and Conditioning course and research methods modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I supervise UGT and PGT dissertations and am currently supervising 12 PhD students.  


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Our research under the Research Priority Area of Sport, Exercise Health and Wellbeing has been rated as internationally excellent/world leading in the 2014 REF exercise.

Research grants from FIFA and UEFA to study injury risk in female youth soccer players


More publications from Prof. Mark De Ste Croix can be found in the Research Repository.

Completed Supervisions

More thesis supervision by Prof. Mark De Ste Croix can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Working with English Football Association, English Professional Footballers Association, BarcelonaFC, Athletic Club Bilbao, Bristol City FC, Bristol City Ladies. I have worked with both local and national media discussing injury prevention in youth sport

Subjects for media interviews

Childrens sport and exercise

Sports injury risk and prevention

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Professional positions

Editorial board member:

Isokinetics and Exercise Science

BMC Pediatrics


I have chaired numerous University level committees, am deputy convenor of the BASES Paediatric Exercise Science interest group, am partnership co-ordinator for research degrees at the Royal Agricultural University



External examining

Liverpool John Moores University – BSc Exercise Science 2009 – 12 Marjons (Plymouth University) – BSc Exercise and Health 2011 - 15