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Dr. Adam Baxter-Jones PhD Professor College of Kinesiology and, Interim Associate Provost, Health

PAC 329

Research Area(s)

  • Bone Health
  • Growth and Development
  • Women's Health
  • Children's Sport

Academic Background

  • 1985 B.Sc (Hons) Biology, New University of Ulster, UK
  • 1995 Ph.D, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • 2000 Associate Professor, College of Kinesiology
  • 2005 Full Professor, College of Kinesiology
  • 2008 Associate Dean Graduate Education and Research, College of Kinesiology
  • 2010 Acting Dean College of Kinesiology
  • 2011 Associate Dean Graduate Education and Research, College of Kinesiology
  • 2013 Interim Dean College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • 2020 Interim Associate Provost, Health.

Courses Taught

  • KIN 806.3 - Growth and Development
  • KIN 898.3 - Longitudinal Analysis of Human Growth

Research Interests

Research interests are focused on childhood growth and development as they pertain to exercise, physical activity, body composition and health (specifically osteoporosis and cardiovascular health). His work is related to longitudinal studies that investigate pre-natal, childhood and adolescent antecedents of adult disease. He directs two world-renowned longitudinal studies, the Saskatchewan Growth and Development Study (SGDS – 1964 – 2011) and the Pediatric Bone Mineral Accrual Study (PBMAS – 1991-2017). He is also involved in the development of newly emerging longitudinal studies in a variety of populations including young gymnasts, children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and a pregnancy study investigating intrauterine antecedents of Inflammation-Mediated Disease. Finally, Dr. Baxter-Jones also has a keen interest in youth sport development, in particular research related to the association between childhood growth and development, talent identification and sports participation. He has developed several web based growth utility programs that can be used to predict maturity, adult size and bone health.

2017 Publications


  1. Heale, L.D., Houghton, K.,Rezaei, E., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Tupper, S., Muhajarine, N., Benseler, S., Boire, G., Cabral, D.A., Campillo, S., Chedeville, G., Chetaille, A-L., Dancet, P., Duffy, C., Watanabe, K., Ellsworth, J., Guzman, J., Huber, A.M., Jurencak, R., Lang, B., Laxer, R.M., Morishita, K., Oen, K.G., Petty, R.E., Ramsey, S.E., Roth, J., Schneider, R., Scuccimarri, R., Spiegel, L., Stringer, E., Tse, S.M.L., Tucker, L.B., Turvey, S.E., Yeung, R.S., Rosenberg, A., for the BBOP Study Group. 2021. Clinical and psychosocial stress factors are associated with decline in physical activity over time in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatric RheumatologyDOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-192146/v1
  2. Guimaraes, E., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Williams, A.M.,Travares, F., Janeira, M.A., Maia, J. Tracking technical skills development in young basketball players: The INEX study International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi:10.3390/ijerph18084094
  1. Abarghoueinejad, M., Barreira, D., Baxter-Jones, A., Gomes, T.N., Maia, J 2021. Motor performance in youth soccer players. A systematic review of longitudinal studies. Sports,  9(4), 53 https://doi.org/10.3390/sports9040053
  2. Pereira, S., Garbeloto, F., Guimaraes, E., Santos, C., Baxter-Jones, A., Tani, G., Freitas, D., Bustamante, A., Katzmarzyk, P.T., Maia, J. 2021. Motor performance spurts in children: A study in boys. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 31(Suppl. 1):47-55. DOI: 10.1111/sms.13800
  3. Abarghoueinejad, M., Baxter-Jones, A., Barreira, D., Williams, M., Maia, J. Body physique, body composition, physical performance, technical and tactical skills, psychological development and club characteristics of young male soccer players: the INEX study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), 3560;  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073560
  4. Guimaraes, E., Maia, J., Williams, M., Sousa, F., Santos, E., Tavares, F., Janeira, M.A., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. Muscular strength spurts in adolescent male basketball players: The INEX Study.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 776.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020776
  5. Guimaraes, E., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Williams, A.M.,Travares, F., Janeira, M.A., Maia, J. 2021. The role of growth, maturation and the sporting environment on the development of performance and technical and tactical skills in youth basketball players: The INEX study. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(9);979-991.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2020.1853334


  1. Almeida-Neto, P., Baxter-Jones A.D.G., Gama de Matos, D., Batista, G.R., Dantas, M., Aidar, F.J., Dantas, P.M.S., Cabral, B.G.A.T.  2020. The effectiveness of biological maturation and lean mass in relation to muscle strength performance in elite young athletes Sustainability, 12,6696, doi:10.3390/su1217669,  www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/17/6696
  2. Moore, S.A., Cumming, S.P., Balletta, G., Ramage, K., Eisenmann, J., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Jackowski, J., Sherar, L.B. Exploring the relationship between adolescent biological maturation, physical activity and sedentary behavior: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Annals of Human Biology, 47 (4), 365-383  https://doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2020.1805006
  3. Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Barbour-Tuck, E.  Dale, D., Sherar, L.B., Knight, C., Cumming, S., Ferguson, L., Kowalski, K. & Humbert, L. (2020). The role of growth and maturation during adolescence on team selection and short-term sports participation. Annals of Human Biology,  47 (4), 316-323  https://doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2019.1707870
  4. Guimaraes, E., Baxter-Jones, A., Pereira, S., Garbeloto, F., Freitas, D., Janeira, M, Tani, G., Katzmarzyk, P., Silva, S., Bailey, D., Mirwald, R. & *Maia, J. (2020). Patterns of physical performance spurts during adolescence: a cross-cultural and time comparison study between Canadian, Brazilian and Portuguese boys. Annals of Human Biology. 47 (4), 346-354  https://doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2020.1781928


  1. Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. (2019). Physical growth and development in young athletes: Factors of influence and consequence. Kinesiology Review, 8(3):211-219. DOI: 10.1123/kr.2019-0024
  2. Silva, S., Mendes, H., Freitas, D., Prista, A., Tani, G., Katzmarzyk, P., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. Valdiva, A.B.& *Maija, J. (2019). Development of peak physical performance tasks during rapid growth in Brazilian children: The Cariri Healthy Growth Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(24):5029  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245029
  3. Guimaraes, E., Ramos, A., Janeira, M.A.  Baxter-Jones, A. & *Maia, J. (2019). How does biological maturation and training experience impact physical and technical performance in 11-14-year-old male basketball players? Sports, 7(12): 243   https://doi.org/10.3390/sports7120243
  4. Barbour-Tuck, E., Erlandson, E., Sherar, L.B., Eisenmann, J.C., Muhajarine, N., Foulds, H., Vatanparast, H., Nisbet, C., Kontulainen, S. & Baxter-Jones, A. (2019). Relationships between trajectories of fat mass development in emerging adulthood and cardiometabolic risk at 36 years of age. Obesity 27(10): 1652-1660. Doi:10.1002/oby.22576
  5. Dos Santos, M.A.M., Baxter-Jones, A., Reyes, A.C., Freitas, D., Henrique, R.S., Chaves, R.N., Bustamante, A., Tani, G., Katzmarzyk, P.T. & *Maia, J. 2019. Are there gross motor coordination spurts during mid-childhood? American Journal of Human Biology,31(4): e23251 https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23251
  6. Guimaraes, E., Baxter-Jones, A., *Maia, J., Fonseca, P., Santos, A., Santos, E., Tavares, F. & Janeira, M. (2019). The roles of growth, maturation, physical fitness and technical skills on selection for a Portuguese under-14 Basketball team. Sports, 7(3): E61; doi:10.3390/sports7030061 https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/7/3/61/pdf
  7. Bacciotti, S., Baxter-Jones, A., Gaya, A. & *Maia, J. (2019). Motor performance of Brazilian female artistic gymnasts. Insights via a multilevel analysis Science of Gymnastics Journal, 11(2):139-150.
  8. Reyes, A., Chaves, R., Baxter-Jones, A., Vasconcelos, O., Barnett, L.M., Tani, G., Hedeker, D. & *Maia, J. (2019. Modeling the dynamics of children’s gross motor coordination. Journal of Sports Science, 37(19):2243-2252.  https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1626570
  9. Bacciotti, S., Natacha Gomes, T., Bacciotti, F., Pereira, S., Gaya, A., Baxter-Jones, A. & *Maia, J. (2019). Women artistic gymnastics selection in Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Ciências de Esporte, 41(1):51-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbce.2018.04.016



  • Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. 2017 Growth and Maturation. In: Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine, 3rd Edition, Armstrong, N. & van  Mechelen W. (eds), pp. 13-24, Oxford; Oxford University Press
  • Jackowski, S.A., Eisenmann, J.C., Sherar, L.B., Bailey, D.A., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. 2017. Adolescent trajectories of aerobic fitness and adiposity as markers of cardio-metabolic risk in adulthood. Journal of Obesity vol. 2017, Article ID 6471938, 11 pages. doi:10.1155/2017/6471938
  • Bacciotti, S., Baxter-Jones, A., Gaya, A., Maia, J. Body physique and proportionality of Brazilian artistic gymnast Journal of Sports Science 2017 Jun 16:1-8. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1340655. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Fransen, J., Bush, S., Woodcock, S., Novak, A., Deprez, D., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Vaeyens, R., Lenoir, M. Improving the prediction of a maturity from anthropometric variables using a maturity ratio. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2017 Jun 12:1-28. doi: 10.1123/pes.2017-0009. [Epub ahead of print]
  • *Crockett, K., Kontulainen, S., Farthing, J., Chilibeck, P., Bath, B., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Arnold, C.M. Differences in function and fracture risk in postmenopausal women with and without a recent distal radius fracture. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2017 May 22:1-27. doi: 10.1123/japa.2016-0132. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Fransen, J., Baxter-Jones, A., Woodcock, S. Responding to the commentary on the article: Improving the prediction of maturity from anthropometric variables using a maturity ratio. Pediatric Exercise Science Oct 12:1-12. doi: 10.1123/pes.2017-0009. [Epub ahead of print]
  • *Barbour-Tuck, E., Erlandson, E.A., Muhajarine, N., Foulds, H., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. Longitudinal patterns in BMI and percent total body fat from peak height velocity through emerging adulthood into young adulthood: The Pediatric Bone Mineral Accrual Study. American Journal of Human Biology (DOI) - 10.1002/ajhb.23056
  • Naughton, G., Greene, D., Courteix, D.,  Baxter-Jones, A,. 2017.  Resilient, responsive, and healthy developing bones: The good news about exercise and bone in children and youth. Pediatric Exercise Science, 29(4):437-439
  • Bacciotti, S., Baxter-Jones, A., Gaya, A., Maia, J. 2017. The physique of elite female artistic gymnasts: a systematic review. Journal of Human Kinetics, 58: 247-259.
  • Erlandson, M.C., Runalls, S.B., Jackowski, S.A., Faulkner, R.A., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. 2017 Structural strength benefits observed at the hip of premenarcheal gymnasts are maintained into young adulthood 10 years after retirement from the sport. Pediatric Exercise Science 29(4):476-485.
  • *Movassagh, E.Z., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Kontulainen, S.A., Whiting, S., Vatanparast, H. 2017. Tracking dietary patterns over 20 years from childhood and adolescence into young adulthood: The Saskatchewan Pediatric Bone Mineral Accrual Study. Nutrients, 9 (9), Article number 990 http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/9/990/pdf
  • *Movassagh, E.Z., Kontulainen, S.A., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Whiting, S., Szafron, M., Papadimitropoulos, M., Vatanparast, H. 2017. Are milk and alternatives and fruit and vegetable intakes during adolescence associated with cortical and trabecular bone structure, density and strength in adulthood? Osteoporosis International, 28(2), 609-619. 2doi:10.1007/s00198-016-3775-4 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00198-016-3775-4)
  • *Duff, W.R.D., Chilibeck, P.D., Candow, D.G., Gordon, J.J., Mason, R.S., Taylor-Gjevre, R., Nair, B,., Szafron, M., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Zello, G.A., Kontulainen, S.A., 2017. Effects of ibuprofen and resistance training on bone and muscle: A RCT in older women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(4); 633-640.
  • *Jabbal, A, Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. 2017. Does high intensity interval training improve aerobic power development more than endurance training? University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal, 3(1); 1-7. http://usurj.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/usurj/index.php/usurj/article/view/211


Research Publications

For a list of my research publications, please visit the PubMed site.