Staff Athletic Trainer
Nina Walker, MA, ATC, LAT, has been a staff athletic trainer at Carolina since 2006. Her primary clinical responsibilities are with the men's lacrosse and men’s and women’s cross country/distance teams. She also serves as a clinical instructor for the UNC graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs. She is the director of the undergraduate observer program and currently lectures on topics related to manual therapy, electronic medical records and biofeedback.
Walker is a 1999 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S in Athletic Training. Following her undergraduate degree, Walker attained a M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a specialization in Athletic Training in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel volleyball and rowing programs.
Walker returns to UNC after working at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut. She served as the head athletic trainer for the men’s lacrosse and field hockey teams as well as an assistant adjunct professor in the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine program, teaching both Nutrition and Clinical Evaluation Lab.
She also volunteers for committees designed to promote the field of athletic training, such as the BOC Role Delineation Study Committee, NC Athletic Trainers Board of Directors. Her research interests include emergency management, lacrosse helmet removal and spineboarding. She also serves as Co-founder of the Lacrosse Athletic Trainers Society (LATS). She has a strong interest in manual therapy and has lectured nationally on Positional Release Therapy (PRT) and regionally on lacrosse helmet safety. She has also obtained Graston Technique M1 training.
She has been an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 1999 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 2004-2012. Walker is a New York native who currently resides in Durham, NC.