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Renowned Sport Science Expert to Have New Role at Averett

April 2, 2014

Dr. Lee Burton, professor in the physical education, wellness and sport science department and director of the athletic training program, will transition in July to a consulting and instructional role with Averett University's athletic training program as sports medicine scholar in residence. Burton, who has worked at Averett since 2000, is also the co-creator of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and president of Functional Movement Systems.

"While we will miss Dr. Burton's full-time presence in the classroom, we appreciate that he will be continuing his affiliation with the University in his new role," said Dr. Janet Laughlin, vice president for academic affairs. "Our students, and in particular our student-athletes, will still be able to benefit from his expertise."

In his new role, Burton will perform a variety of tasks including consulting with the sports medicine staff and student trainers, overseeing the implementation of the FMS for all of Averett's student-athletes, serving as a guest lecturer periodically and providing Averett students with opportunities for internships.

"I am so excited to have Lee in this new role," said Athletics Director Meg Stevens. "Our current and future student-athletes and staff get to work with one of the best and most well-known professionals in the field. Averett athletics is lucky to have such expertise and leadership at the helm of strength and conditioning and FMS."

During his time at Averett, Burton has grown the University's athletic training program, turning it into one of its premiere degree programs. His national contacts with such organizations as the NFL have garnered internships for students with teams such as the Green Bay Packers.

"I will miss the daily interaction with the students and watching them learn and grow," Burton said. "I look forward to the forthcoming changes both in my new role at Averett and my continued work with its student-athletes as well as athletes and professionals around the world through FMS. As the director of the athletic training program I am very proud of the number, and caliber, of graduates we have seen come through the program.

"The business that I run outside of Averett has continued to grow and require more time for me to manage. It has gotten to the point where I can no longer serve the Averett students like I should as well as to tend to my business."

Burton has presented on numerous sports medicine topics nationally and internationally at various sports medicine and personal training symposiums. He has authored book chapters and articles in a variety of sports medicine journals and produced instructional videos concerning functional applications for treatment, assessment and conditioning of active individuals. He consults with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement.

Averett remains committed to providing our athletic training majors with the best learning environment. As part of the University's capital campaign one of the initiatives is to raise money for an athletic training facility. This facility would not only benefit the program, our students and student-athletes but the community as well.

To read about Burton's replacement, Dr. Carrie Hendrick, please click here.