Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Bryan Crutcher

Meet Dr. Bryan Crutcher

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., in Kinesiology (Michigan State University)
  • M.S., in Exercise Science and Human Performance (Hardin-Simmons University)
  • M.A., in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology (Fresno State University)
  • B.S., in Kinesiology (CSUN)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Bryan Crutcher has an extensive background in the field of kinesiology and exercise science, with his teaching and applied interests being in exercise physiology, human sport performance, strength and conditioning, and sport psychology. Additionally, he is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified exercise physiologist (ACSM-EP) through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Crutcher has gained experience in a variety of educational and athletic settings. He has taught classes, developed course and lab curriculum, published research in peer-reviewed journals, trained collegiate student-athletes, led undergraduate student research, and provided mentorship to undergraduate students on graduate school and career choices.

Currently, Crutcher is involved with research on sleep difficulties in collegiate student-athletes. He also holds the position of assistant strength and conditioning coach with CCU athletics. He is very passionate about providing a Christian faith perspective in the classroom and athletic environments.

  • Crutcher, B., Moran, R., Charest, J., & Leivo, J. (2023). Examination of clinical sleep difficulties in college student-athletes. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 63(3), 485-491. 10.23736/S0022-4707.22.14210-6.
  • Rose, S., Crutcher, B., Furness, A., & Anderson, E. (2023). Examination of faith-based yoga intervention on perceived stress and coping in college females. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 13(1), 119-136. 10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v13i01/119-136
  • Crutcher, B., & Moran, R., (2022). The effects of sleep disturbance and chronotype on baseline Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening in collegiate athletes. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research, 8(6), 577-583. 10.18053/jctres.08.202206.018
  • Crutcher, B., Moran, R., Covassin, T. (2018). “Examining the relationship of social support satisfaction, perceived stress, and depression in professional athletic training students.” Athletic Training Education Journal, 13(2), 168-174.
  • Covassin, T., Crutcher, B., Belanger, S. (2014). “Preinjury history of migraine headache: Effects on neurocognitive performance and symptoms in athletes with concussion.” Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, 6(5), 220-227.
  • Covassin, T., Crutcher, B., Fisher, A., Heiden, E., Dailey, A., Yang, J. (2014). “Post-injury anxiety and social support among college athletes: A comparison between orthopedic injuries and concussions.” Journal of Athletic Training, 49(4), 462-468.
  • Covassin, T., Elbin, R. J., Crutcher, B., & Burkhart, S. (2013). “The management of sport-related concussion: Considerations for male and female athletes.” Translational Stroke Research, 4(4), 420-424.
  • Covassin, T., Crutcher, B., & Wallace, J. (2013). “Does a 20-minute cognitive task increase concussion symptoms in athletes with a concussion?” Brain Injury, 27, 1589-1594.
  • Covassin, T., Elbin, R. J., Crutcher, B., & Burkhart, S., & Kontos, A. (2013). “The relationship between coping, neurocognitive performance, and concussion symptoms in high school and collegiate athletes.” The Sport Psychologist, 27, 372-379.