Who the Athletic Trainer Is!

Lucius Willson, MS, ATC

Hello, my name is Lucius Willson, and I am the athletic trainer at Rockcastle high school. I am originally from Vernon Center NY and moved to the Southeastern KY area in 1996 when I enrolled in Lincoln Memorial University to attend college. I graduated from LMU in May of 2000 and spent a year at Indiana State University getting my Masters.  I have spent the past few years working on my doctorate in education.  I am the father of two daughters, Kaitlin and Madison and husband to Jennifer.  My family and I live in Corbin KY where I also teach CrossFit class a few times per week.  I have worked with many high schools across southeast KY, Rockcastle HS is truly the first high school that I have felt I have been part of the community from the administration to the parents.  This past year has showed me what high school athletics can be when there is support from the whole community.

What the Athletic Trainer Can Do for You

The athletic trainer at Rockcastle high school performs many different functions, some that you may not know about. Their biggest job is to keep the student-athletes safe and as healthy as they can. They do this through these different areas.

Timely Referral to an Orthopaedic Specialist – Lucius Willson has close relationships with the orthopedics physicians and physician assistants at Bluegrass Orthopaedics. These relationships allow for appointments to be made the day or day after an injury that needs advance imaging or evaluation, saving your family time and money compared to going to an emergency room, and then getting referred to a specialist to receive higher level care.

Injury Prevention – The athletic trainer helps student-athletes be in the best state possible condition to compete well while minimizing the risk for injury. This is done by teaching proper body maintenance through ensuring proper body mechanics in their desired activity, proper nutrition, proper strength and conditioning, and other activities that might be needed.

Injury Evaluation – If an injury does occur, athletic trainers have the skill set to evaluate the injury and make the decision on what is the next best step for that athlete, whether rest, rehabilitation, or a more advanced diagnosis and imaging to discover the severity of the issue.

Injury Rehabilitation – After an injury occurs, student-athletes can spend time doing rehabilitation with the athletic trainer to help them return to their sports not only faster, but with less risk of injury if they did not do any therapy.

Emergency Preparation – In case of emergencies, the athletic trainers are trained to handle these situations. They have the skills and expertise to handle any emergency, while also helping emergency service personnel get to the scene as soon as possible if necessary.

When and Where the Athletic Trainer Can Be Found

The athletic trainer at Rockcastle high school can be found at different places depending on the time of the day. He arrives at the school at 1:30 pm and can be found in the athletic training room. Once practices begin at 3:00 pm, the athletic trainer can be found at games and practices of the various sports, in the athletic training office doing treatment until the last practice is over.


How To Contact

The athletic trainer can be contacted at Lucius.willson@bluegrassortho.com and at 606-627-6426.


Important Forms and Links

KHSAA High School Physical Form

Rockcastle County Secondary Insurance Form

NATA Position Statements

Korey Stringer Institute

NCAA Mental Health Information