Rick Burr, who came to Babson College as the Director of Sports Medicine in 2003, was promoted to the Director of Athletics Performance in the spring of 2015. He provides medical coverage for 22 varsity and 14 club sports at Babson, while collaborating with coaches on conditioning, weight training and nutrition programs for student-athletes, and serving as the primary liason between the team orthopedic physician and the athletic department.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Burr is a Licensed Athletic Trainer by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1982. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1996, and is also a Certified Instructor in Professional Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid. In addition to heading up the Sports Medicine department, Burr serves as the clinical site supervisor of the Northeastern University and Lasell College Athletic Training Student Internship programs, and mandates and regulates the College's adherence to NCAA by-laws.
Burr came to Babson from nearby Brandeis University, where he spent 17 seasons as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine Services. At Brandeis, he also served as Compliance Coordinator, Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA, and was a faculty member in the Physical Education Department, teaching Sports Medicine classes as well as first aid, CPR, lifeguard training and a variety of skills classes in volleyball, squash and weight training. In 1998, he received the University's Foxy Fulmeire Outstanding Service Award.
Prior to Brandeis, Burr spent five years as head Athletic Trainer for The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, where he also served as a dorm parent and a member of the school's Athletic Committee.
Burr, who was selected as the Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts in 2006 and was inducted into the Connecticut Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame in 2010, has held a number of prominent positions in the field of sports medicine throughout his career. He served as an Athletic Trainer for the Boston Celtics during both mini-camps and the regual season from 1992-1999; he was the Assistant Medical Coordinator for Athletic Trainers at the World Cup in 1994; he served as Assistant Medical Director for Athletic Trainers at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon; and he worked as an Athletic Trainer for the Bay State Games from 1988-1997. Burr has also had a variety of involvement with the United States Olympic Committee, covering gymnastics in the 2001 Olympic Trials, boxing in the 1995 Pan American Games, and canoe and kayaking at the 1993 Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, he has worked at the Olympic Training Centers in both Lake Placid and Colorado Springs, and served as an athletic trainer at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
In 1995, Burr Was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Board Of Allied Health Professionals for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This Board regulates the licenses for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Athletic Trainers for the Commonwealth. He served as the Board's Vice Chairperson from 1997 to 2007. Burr was the District 1 representative to the Governmental Affairs Committee for the National Athletic Trainer's Assocation (NATA) from 2002-09, served as a representative to the NATA Honors and Awards Committee from 2010-12, and is currently part of NATA's convention proposal review committee.
He earned his master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University. He currently resides in Natick, Massachusetts with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.