LSU Athletic Training Program Director Ray Castle Named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

Ray CastleBATON ROUGE – LSU’s Ray Castle has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, or MDAT, award recipients. Castle, a resident of Baton Rouge, La., is the Athletic Training Program director and professor of professional practice in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s School of Kinesiology.

The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. MDAT exclusively recognizes NATA members who have been involved in service and leadership activities at the national and district level.

This award acknowledges outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer, or ATC, credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.

“We are always excited to recognize the dedication, excellence, inspirational outlook and commitment of our honorees, and this year is no exception. These recipients serve as role models to their peers and represent some of the best of the best of the athletic training profession,” said NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair Charlie Thompson. “We know they will continue to contribute to their place of work and their community at large in ensuring quality of care and optimal health moving into the years ahead.”

The presentation will be made during NATA’s 68th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Houston on Wednesday, June 28.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association – Health Care for Life & Sport
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports 44,000 members of the athletic training profession. For more information, visit

LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE, is a nationally accredited division of LSU. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 875 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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