Friday, July 02, 2010
Broward Health’s Director of Sports Medicine and Wellness Inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame
Frank E. Walters, PhD, LAT, ATC, Director of Sports Medicine for Broward Health, was one of four inductees into National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame during its 61st annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 24, 2010.
Nominees were selected and reviewed by their athletic training peers, based on their time and effort in advancing the athletic training profession. Their professional excellence, volunteer service and community outreach have distinguished them among many candidates for this honor. “Like every class before them, these Hall of Fame inductees are standouts,” said Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, executive director of NATA. “They have lobbied for legislative change, created new athletic training programs and done everything they can to promote the athletic training profession.”
During his tenure in the D.C. school districts, Walters implemented and managed a program that brought medical assistance to athletes in the public school system. “He took a concept and turned it into what is now a prototype for all districts,” said Patricia Briscoe, Assistant Director of Athletics in the D.C. public schools.
Walters joined Broward Health in 2006 as director of sports medicine and wellness. He oversees an outreach program that includes 28 athletic trainers at 23 Broward County high schools and directs a hospital based cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education and wellness center with approximately 1,500 members and 17 employees. Prior to joining Broward Health, he was the coordinator for athletic health care services in the department of athletics for Washington, D.C. public schools. He served as a BOC qualified examiner and model from 1991 to 2001.
Walters earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in kinesiology at Texas A& M University in 1988, and his Master of Science degree in physical education/athletic training from Indiana State University in 1977. In 1976, he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Brooklyn College.
“I am deeply honored to be standing among the men and women I have admired throughout my career as an athletic trainer,” said Walters.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org
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Photo Caption: Frank Walters proudly accepts his award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)