Dr. Crouse’s Research

Research Gives Clinicians Comparative Benchmarks For Collegiate Athletes

Sudden death in young athletes is rare but most are due to undiagnosed cardiac conditions.  Ensuring the health and safety of student athletes is a top priority for the Department of Athletics at Texas A&M, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Kinesiology and the Health Science Center College of Medicine.  Recent research published in The American Journal of Cardiology and led by Stephen Crouse, Ph.D., is shedding light on the healthy cardiac parameters and blood pressure levels of collegiate American-style football (ASF) athletes.

Crouse, professor of kinesiology and joint professor of internal medicine, and his colleagues studied 80 incoming Texas A&M football players.  Data were collected over three years as part of a pre-participation physical exam in the Applied Exercise Physiology Lab.  The purpose was to describe heart characteristics and blood pressure values in collegiate ASF athletes compared with the average college student.

“Before this study, there weren’t baseline comparative benchmarks for screening and follow up of incoming NCAA football players for cardiac anatomical variations, blood pressure, and training effects,” said John Erwin, III, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and co-author of this research. “These results should serve as a basis to better define normal and abnormal findings in athletes’ hearts.”

Read more about this research here.