Dr. Castle currently is the Athletic Training Program Director and 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).
Awards & Honors
SEATA Hall of Fame (2014)
SEATA Chuck Kimmel 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).
Lemoine NP, Simoneaux AB, Scott MC, Early KS, Mullenix S, Marucci J, Barker A, Church TS, Castle RR, Johannsen NM. Electrolyte losses in urine and sweat in collegiate football players during pre-season training camp. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 2016 ACSM Annual Symposium, Boston MA.
Early KS, Lemoine NP, Simoneaux AB, Scott MC, Mullenix S, Marucci J, Barker A, MacLellan M, Castle RR, Church TS, Earnest CP, Johannsen NM. Heart Rate Response And Activity Level In Division I Football Players During Pre-Season Scrimmage Play. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 2016 ACSM Annual Symposium, Boston MA
Castle, R.R. (2015). Using Benchmarks to Improve Program Outcomes. Presented at the CAATE Accreditation Conference, Tampa, FL (October 18, 2015).
Castle, R. R. (2015). Are You Equipped To Respond To A Mass Casualty Incident With An Athletic Component?. The Otho Davis Keynote Presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 66th Annual Clinical Symposia & Expo, St. Louis, MO (June 24, 2015).
Lemoine NP, Simoneaux AB, Scott MC, Early KS, Mullenix S, Marucci J, Barker A, Church TS, Castle RR, Johannsen NM. Sweat rates and electrolyte losses of football players during training camp. Abstract accepted or presentation at the 2016 Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Symposium, Greenville SC. (February 18-20, 2016).
Simoneaux AB, Lemoine NP, Scott MC, Early KS, Mullenix S, Marucci J, Church TS, Castle RR, Johannsen NM. Effects of environment, local sweat rate (lsr), and body size on core heat storage in collegiate football players. Abstract accepted or presentation at the 2016 Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Symposium, Greenville SC. (February 18-20, 2016).
Castle, R. R. (2015). Medical Planning for Marathons. Guest Lecturer, Trinity International University Athletic Training Program (October 9, 2015).
Castle, R. R. (2015). Emergency Medicine: Management of Mass Hemorrhage Injuries. Presented to the University of Florida Athletic Training Program. (July 27, 2015).
Castle, R. R. (2015). Tactical to Practical Pre-hospital Care: Management of Mass Hemorrhage Injuries. To be presented at the “Athletic Training: Tackling the Preseason” Conference. Baton Rouge, LA (July 9, 2015). BOC-EBP P3224-003.
Castle, R. R. (2015). Prevention and Management of Hyponatremia. Presented at the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium. Lake Charles, LA (June 2, 2015).
Castle, R. R. (2013). Got App? iPhone/iPad/Android Applications to Improve Productivity in Secondary School Settings. Presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium – SSATC Specialty Session. Las Vegas, NV (June 24, 2013).
Castle, R. R. (2013). The 2013 Boston Marathon: Mass Casualty Incident Lessons for Athletic Trainers. Presented at the Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium. Biloxi, MS (June 12, 2013).
Castle, R. R. (2013). Is Your School Practicing Safe Sports? Presented at the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (LAHPERD) Annual Meeting. Baton Rouge, LA (November 4, 2013)
Castle, R.R. (2013). Keynote Address: “Running Forward Zero to 1300+. 2013 Bossier City Chamber of Commerce Patriot Awards. Bossier City, LA (September 11, 2013)
Castle, R. R. (2013). Got App? Mobile Applications to Improve Clinical and Administrative Productivity. Presented at the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium. Gonzales, LA (June 8, 2013).
Castle, R. R. & Finley, D. (2013). Emergency Healthcare: Skills Update. Presented at the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposium. Gonzales, LA (June 7, 2013).
Castle, R. R. (2013). Mass Casualty Incident Lessons From the 2013 Boston Marathon –Finish Line Medical Perspective. Presented at the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) Region I Hurricane and All Hazards Seminar. New Orleans, LA (May 31, 2013).
Castle, R. R. (2013). 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings – Finish Line Medical Perspective. Presented in the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission’s Emergency Preparedness Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Meeting. New Orleans, LA (May 17, 2013).
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).