Dr. Castle currently is the Athletic Training Program Director and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, a position he has held since 2002. He has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 1991, LSBME credentialed athletic trainer (LAT) since 1994, and is an American Red Cross Instructor since 2005. Dr. Castle has an extensive background in education, clinical practice, and professional service over the last 20 years. In athletic training education, he led LSU's efforts in obtaining its first ever CAAHEP-accredited athletic training program in April 2004 and most recently through its CAATE re-accreditation in 2009. Dr. Castle's clinical practice background has included experiences at the clinic (Baton Rouge Physical Therapy; Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine), high school (Catholic High School in Baton Rouge), college (University of Southern Mississippi; University of Louisiana-Lafayette), and international (1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; USOC Sports Medicine Staff for 2003 Pan American Games; and 2004 US Women's Bobsled) levels. Dr. Castle has been a highly active member of the athletic training profession, having made over 50 presentations at the local, state, national and international levels, numerous publications, as well as serving on various organization committees at state, district, and national levels. Dr. Castle has served on a number of committees over the years for the LATA, and most recently is a member of the Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee, as well as participating in the development group for the Secondary School Sports Medicine Curriculum Program. On the district level, Castle is currently Co-Chair of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Athletic Training Student Clinical Symposium (2002-present), as well as serving on the SEATA Corporate Partnership Committee and SEATA Athletic Training Educator Conference Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served as chair of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee (2004-08) and as a voting member of the NATA's Education Council Executive Committee (2004-08). In June 2010, he joined the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors as the NATA District IX Board Member. Outside of the profession, he currently serves as the LSU Company Leader for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Heart Association. Additionally, he currently serves on various departmental, college, and university-wide committees/councils at LSU, including the Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC Advisory Council) and the Moodle Development Advisory Committee (MDAC).
SEATA Chuck Kimma Award (2011)
SEATA Education/Administration Award (2009)
NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2007)
SEATA District Award (2005)
LATA Charlie Martin Ten-Year Service Award (2003)
Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida (ATAF) College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year Award (2001).
Castle, R. R.. (2009). The Athletic Training Profession, for “Introduction to Exercise Science”, Gregory Wilson, P.E.D., Editor. McGraw-Hill Publishing.
Castle, R. R., Johnson, L., Ray, D., Gremillion, S., Daray, L., McGregor, A., & Stone, D. (2011). GeauxHeart Baton Rouge: Impacting At-Risk Cardiovascular Populations Through Community and Faith-Based Centers. 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI (January 4-7, 2011).
Johnson, L.G., Castle, R.R., Daray, L., McGregor, A., Cardo, C., Thibodeaux, J., Ray, D., Gremillion, S., & Waits, T. (2011). GeauxHeart Baton Rouge: Implementing Internships and Service Learning Through a Community Service Research Grant Targeting At-Risk Populations. 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI (January 4-7, 2011).
Castle, R. R. (2010). Un-clog the Lymphatic Drainage System: Re-Thinking Acute and Chronic Inflammation Treatment Strategies. Presented in the Educational Workshop Session at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 61st Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Philadelphia, PA (June 2010).
Castle, R. R. (2009). Utilizing Digital Forums For Improved Couse Management and Student Interaction In A Medical Terminology Course. Presented at the LSU Information Technology Services “MOODLE-Share” Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA (July 22, 2009).
Castle, R. R. (2009). Collaboration 2.0: Utilizing WIKIs for group collaboration writing project. Presented at the LSU Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) Summer Institute, Baton Rouge, LA (May 2009).
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
Johnson, L, Castle, R, Solmon, M., & Stone, D. (2008 - 2010). GeauxHeart Baton Rouge.
Education and clinical identification of cardiovascular disease in minority populations of faith-based centers in Baton Rouge area.