Dr. Kevin Walter selected to serve on national council to combat catastrophic injury among young athletes

Feb. 18, 2014 College News - Kevin Walter, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Program Director of Pediatric & Adolescent Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) to direct Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS), a two-year initiative to combat the incidence of catastrophic injury among young athletes. The council, led by David Satcher, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General, will review existing research, explore alternative solutions, and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of national guidelines on youth sports safety.

Dr. Walter heads up the only sports medicine program in Wisconsin that is just for young athletes. Its goal is to make sure kids are healthy — and can get back to the activities they enjoy — as soon as possible. The program works closely with parents, coaches and other specialists to provide care plans that fit each child's specific needs. 

Dr. Walter was a key leader in a statewide coalition of stakeholders that advocated in support for concussion legislation - a bill to promote education and awareness of concussion among athletes, parents and coaches. The passage in 2012 of the Youth Sport Concussion legislation, Assembly Bill 259 (companion bill to Senate Bill 243), makes a positive difference for our kids. 

He also received the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership in the passage of the Sideline for Safety concussion legislation and subsequent drafting of educational materials used by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

"Dr. Walter's dedication to the goal of improving the quality of care for student athletes, and willingness to go beyond the clinic setting to advocate for the best practice policy, models the influence of our expert members to make positive changes in health care for children and adolescents," said James A. Meyer, MD, president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Walter is most noted for treating children and adolescents with concussion and non-operative orthopedic problems, such as traumatic and overuse musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Walter lectures to local, regional and national audiences and has published articles about various sports medicine topics, especially concussion. He is an editor of the recently published book, Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion: Diagnosis, Management and Outcomes. In addition, he co-authored a 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents. Dr. Walter is a member of the sports medicine advisory committees for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and National Federation of High School Athletic Association.

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