A 1981 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Rick Burr is currently in his 10th year as Babson's Director of Sports Medicine. Only the second Director of Sports Medicine in school history, 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 also serves as Babson's NCAA Compliance Coordinator, regulating 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. There, 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.
Named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts in 2006, Burr has held a number of prominent positions in the field of Sports Medicine. 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.
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. Currently, Burr is the District 1 representative to the Governmental Affairs Committee for the National Athletic Trainer's Association.
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.