“The Florida A&M University family is deeply saddened by the news of the death of one of our distinguished professors, Dr. Arnold Bell, who worked in FAMU’s physical therapy education program since 1982,” said FAMU Chief Communications Officer Sharon Saunders. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and the entire family during this time of bereavement.”
Bell was the first African-American physical therapist in the nation to become an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Certified Clinical specialist in any area. His extensive background in sports medicine provided him the knowledge and experience essential to provide instruction in areas such as: modalities; basic evaluation techniques; general orthopedic evaluation techniques; and sports medicine.
He provided athletic training services and physical therapy rehabilitation services to the FAMU Developmental Research School (DRS). Bell has contributed chapters in texts on “Exercise for the Elderly” and on “Conditioning for Athletes.”