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USC football: NFL Charities awards school grant to study heart-rate behavior in athletes

December 21, 2010 |  8:29 pm

USC received a $100,000 medical research grant from NFL Charities to study heart-rate behavior in NFL players and USC players, the school announced.

The study will be conducted by the the Keck School of Medicine of USC and "will be the first to investigate the heart-rate response of NFL players under dynamic stress, including during games," USC said in a release.

"We hope that this study will create a safer playing field for all athletes," said Dr. Leslie Saxon, the principal investigator for the study, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing.

USC physicians "will apply a small patch to pre-screened NFL and USC players to obtain heart rate and other data during practice and game situations.  The data will be analyzed at USC."

--Gary Klein