ROD WALTERS, DA, ATC, has worked as a concussion spotter for the National Football League and helped establish a concussion management program within Major League Baseball, bringing to bear over 25 years of experience in athletic training. As a consultant in sports medicine, he serves as a resource to many sports leagues, colleges, and high schools regarding implementation of objective assessments, and he is often sought for his expertise reviewing institutional procedures related to healthcare. In addition, he is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers Association. Having received the NATA's Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award and served on the board of directors, he was inducted into NATA's Hall of Fame in 2005.
Dr. Walters has been active in the field of athletic training since his graduation from Appalachian State University in 1980, where he received his undergraduate and master's degrees. In 1988, he earned his Doctor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University. He was Head Athletic Trainer at Lenoir-Rhyne College and Appalachian State before moving to the University of South Carolina, a member of the nation’s top athletic league in the Southeastern Conference, to take a similar position in 1990. While at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Walters was elevated to the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine where he oversaw the health care and wellness for the university's athletes. Since leaving his collegiate post, he has provided consultation to sports medicine staffs and the sports medicine industry and brings his expertise across the country with his athletic training seminars.