Middle Tennessee State University Doctor of Arts, Physical Education, May, 1988, Appalachian State University
Master of Arts, Physical Education, August, 1980 Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, August, 1979
27 years in directing healthcare in collegiate setting
Inducted in NATA’s Hall of Fame in 2005
Made more than 3,000 presentations on athletic training
Published Tape, I-C-E, and Sound Advice, September 2012 (Morgan-James Publishing). A compilation of life and business principles based on life and career of Rod Walters.
An innovative professional, Rod Walters has enjoyed a storied career as a collegiate athletic trainer. Most recently, Walters has provided consultations and is a much-sought after public speaker. Rod Walters was involved in the care and prevention of student-athlete injuries for twenty-seven years on college campuses from Hickory, North Carolina (Lenoir-Rhyne College) to Boone, North Carolina (Appalachian State University) to Columbia, South Carolina (University of South Carolina). Walters has provided program review and high profile investigations to matters secondary to sports participation. His expertise is well respected in the profession. Walters has been a highly sought expert witness for matters related to sports injury.
Rod Walters was recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2003, and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2005. Walters received the 2011 Distinguished Athletic Training Alumni Award from Middle Tennessee State University and was recognized by the University of South Carolina in 2018.
Walters expanded his work to a full-time consulting role in 2007. Clients include the Cirque du Soleil, Professional Baseball Umpires of MLB, the NFL and the Big 12 Conference, where he provides monitoring services to further assist with concussions. Walters Inc. provides their expertise to the Gulf South Conference relative to sports medicine oversight needs. Walters was the lead ATC Spotter for the 2019 Super Bowl.
Walters was asked to direct the University of Maryland’s inaugural Athletic Medicine Review Board, and also serves on the University of Georgia board. In March 2021, Walters was named director of the Jordan McNair Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board.
Through evidenced-based education courses, Walters offers seminars on a variety of topics including exertional heat illness, concussion care, casting and splinting, Emergency Action Plans, and other topics in germane to athletic training and sports medicine. His attendees range from high school athletic trainers to professional sports teams. Rod Walters has the ability to leverage his experience in the clinical aspects of athletic training and pass along information to organizations and individuals enrolled in his educational programs.
Walters is married to Susan Ferguson of Columbia, SC, and they have four children and eight grandchildren.