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Armstrong Study Featured

A physiologist who has studied world renown cyclist Lance Armstrong will visit East Carolina University March 23.

Edward F. Coyle, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin will present “Lance Armstrong’s Physiological Maturation: Sport Reflects Life” at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Brody Medical Sciences Building at the Brody School of Medicine.


Coyle, who has studied Armstrong’s cycling career at the University of Texas for nearly 15 years, will discuss how the cyclist’s physiology and optimal training contributed to seven consecutive wins at the Tour de France.

“Sport is a system, and there are optimal ways in which the training and the recovery and the peaking for competition can be combined, and that’s science,” Coyle said.

ECU’s Walker Center offers similar analyses to Olympic, college and high school-level athletes, said Peter Farrell, chair of ECU’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

“We have quite a few students enrolled at ECU who would benefit from Dr. Coyle’s presentation,” Farrell said. “It’s not every day that an athlete of Armstrong’s caliber offers himself for study.”

The lecture is free, but donation opportunities for cancer research will be available. Armstrong overcame testicular cancer in the late 1990s. All proceeds will go to the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and the Walker Center in the College of Health and Human Performance and the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, a joint venture of East Carolina University and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.

For additional information, contact Peter Farrell, chair of exercise and sport science, at (252) 328-4635 or

This page originally appeared in the March 10, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at