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David Walsh
David  Walsh

Director of Physical Therapy

Began at Auburn: August, 2005

Education: Walsh earned his bachelor's degree in physical education/sports medicine from East Tennessee State in 1984. He went on to earn his master's degree in education from Auburn in 1985. During his years as a graduate assistant Walsh served as team athletic trainer for Auburn football and track & field teams. Walsh completed his bachelor's degree in physical therapy at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., in 1988.

Job Responsibilities: Walsh enters his eighth season overseeing the rehabilitation of Auburn athletes as the director at Plainsman Park Physical Therapy. As Auburn's rehabilitation coordinator Walsh plays a significant role in helping keep the Tigers healthy and getting them back into competition.

Past Experience: Walsh began his professional athletic training experience as assistant athletic trainer for football, basketball and baseball at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., from 1985-88. From there he moved on and became a staff physical therapist at the Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Columbus from 1988-89. After a brief stint with the Hughston Clinic, Walsh served as the Director of Physical Therapy (rehabilitation services) at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ga., from 1989-90. He moved back to his home state and assumed the duties of Director and Chief Physical Therapist at Northside Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., from 1990-91. Staying in Johnson City, Walsh moved over to the collegiate ranks as Co-Curriculum Director and off-site physical therapy clinic director at East Tennessee State University from 1991-1998. He also served on the medical staff for U.S. Track and Field during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Walsh moved to Auburn in 1998 to become Director of the HealthSouth Physical Therapy Clinic until accepting his current position. Walsh is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association. He is a founding member of Mountain Empire Sports Medicine Society. In 1992 Walsh was appointed as a board committee member to advocate working relationships between physical therapists and athletic trainers in Nashville, Tenn.

Personal: The Bluff City, Tenn., native is married to the former Kelly Ladye of Columbus, Ga., and has one daughter, Emily Michelle. They currently reside in Auburn.

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