Ron Walker, the associate dean of The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences and clinical associate professor of athletic training, has been inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Hall of Fame. Admittance to the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a member of the organization can receive and is based upon his or her contributions to the profession of athletic training. “Being recognized by the OATA is truly an honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Obviously, I care deeply about the organization and all that it does. Many of the members of the Hall of Fame are mentors who have certainly influenced my career and it is humbling to join them,” said Walker.
Walker holds a doctorate in higher education from Oklahoma State University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from TU. He is a licensed and certified athletic trainer with 20 years of experience in injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, therapeutic intervention/treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Prior to being named associate dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences, Walker served as the director of the athletic training program at TU.
His service to the profession extends statewide serving as president and treasurer of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association; treasurer of the Mid-America AT Association and chair of the finance committee; accreditation site visitor for the CAATE; and advisory panel member for the Board of Certification Regulatory Conference. Walker received the 2016 The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award, 2015 NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the 2012 NATA Athletic Training Service Award. He is well known for his work to establish policy that addresses health and safety issues in youth sports.