The Applied Exercise Science Laboratory (AESL) is directed by Dr. Steve Crouse. It serves a primary role in training graduate and undergraduate students for professions in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, sports medicine, sports physiology, and worksite fitness/ health promotion. The general goal of the research in the laboratory is to generate new knowledge for the enhancement of human health, physical fitness, and quality of life through physical activity. Specific health-related research aims are targeted toward the study of the exercise-mediated effects on lipid metabolism, on the cardiovascular system, on other accepted cardiovascular disease risk factors. In addition, ongoing research projects are being conducted to profile elite athletes and study training factors that contribute to optimal athletic performance. The laboratory also serves firefighters, law-enforcement officials, and employees and students of Texas A&M University through the FitLife Exercise Program. This program provides clients with an economical but sophisticated assessment of cardiovascular disease risk and physical fitness, and with a number of scientifically designed exercise classes. Research related to the FitLife program includes longitudinal physical fitness and cardiovascular disease risk profiling of firefighters and police officers.
Faculty currently working in the Applied Exercise Science Laboratory are:
Dr. Stephen Crouse, Professor, Lab Director and Chair, Division of Kinesiology
Dr. John Green, Clinical Professor
Mr. Steve Martin, Lecturer and Coordinator of the FitLife Exercise Program