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.