Chris Gillespie started at the University of Georgia in July 2013. The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) and The University of Georgia sports medicine staff have created one of the nation's most unique partnerships that will generate extensive research studies, providing first hand insight into athletic injuries; promote appropriate management of injured athletes; and enhance the health and welfare of athletes of all ages.
The partnership was developed by combining the expertise of Chris Gillespie, long time Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Athletic Training Education at Samford University, the NCSS in Birmingham founded by Dr. Larry Lemak, and the UGA sports medicine staff headed by Ron Courson, UGA Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine. UGA and the NCSS will serve as the central locations for research and experiential studies by Gillespie and the UGA staff.
Gillespie retired after working at the Birmingham, Ala., university for more than 30 years. He has worked as a clinician, educator, and administrator in athletic training and been active on numerous athletic training committees at the state, district, and national levels.
Gillespie has also served as president of the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA). He is a former member of the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Licensure Task Force and served as Vice-Chair of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers for more than a decade. Gillespie also was a member of the Inter-Associational Task Force on Sickle Cell Trait in Athletes and has long been an advocate for athletes with the condition.