Exercise and sports physiologist Edmund R. Burke died Nov. 7 from a heart attack while on a bike ride near his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 53.
Burke helped train Olympic Cycling teams: He was the coordinator of sports science leading up to the 1996 games and served as the director of the Center for Science and Technology for the U.S. cycling team, and was a staff member for the 1980 and 1984 teams.
At the time of his death, Burke was a professor and the director of the exercise science program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His research interests included the interrelationship of athletic performance and sports nutrition.
He wrote or edited 16 books, wrote or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and was a frequent contributor to Nutrition Science News and a speaker at Natural Products Expos. Burke wrote the Nutrition Science News lead article in the November issue of The Natural Foods Merchandiser.
"I came to know Ed through his annual sports nutrition seminars at Expo West and East, where he offered a science-based distillation of what works and what doesn't," said Anthony L. Almada, president and chief scientific officer of Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based IMAGINutrition. "He was a tireless champion of forging an inseparable marriage between science and sports nutrition."
Burke is survived by his wife, Kathleen.
Contributions can be made in Burke's name to either The UCCS Ed Burke Scholarship Fund, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or to USA Cycling Development Foundation, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
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