Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-01-09

Chris A. Gillespie, director of athletic training education in the Samford University exercise science and sports medicine department, has been appointed to the Sickle Cell Trait in Athletes Task Force. This 32-member national task force, which will meet in Dallas in February, is made up of physicians, certified athletic trainers and representatives from major athletic organizations.

Gillespie was chosen as an at-large member representing the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). He has been an advocate for the treatment of athletes suffering from this condition for more than 15 years. NATA presented Gillespie a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award at its 2006 annual meeting.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.