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Athletic training students finish fourth in national quiz bowl

Athletic training students finish fourth in national quiz bowl

By Kaitlyn Garner ’17

Otterbein athletic training students have been giving their brains a work out as they advanced to a national quiz bowl contest this year, placing fourth in the nation.

Their journey began at the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Quiz Bowl on Jan. 17, where they placed first out of 25 Ohio schools in the Jeopardy-style athletic training based competition.

The OATA is a non-profit organization that works with the Ohio State Medical Association to provide educational opportunities for athletic trainers, physicians, school administrators, athletic directors, coaches, parents and athletes. The OATA also encourages professional development of its members and provides a means for the exchange of ideas.

Joe Wilkins, athletic training clinical education coordinator traveled with the students to the competition.

“The OATA Athletic Training Student Symposium and Quiz Bowl is an annual format that provides professional guest speakers in the morning and hands on learning lab and workshop activities in the afternoon,” he said.

Otterbein’s team advanced to the regional Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Quiz Bowl on March 11 in a suburb of Chicago, where they scored another win against five other universities.

The team qualified to compete at the quiz bowl of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Clinical Symposia in Baltimore from June 22-25. At the competition, Otterbein’s team placed fourth in the nation.

This was the first time in the history of Otterbein’s athletic training program that its students have won OATA and advanced through GLATA and qualified for nationals at NATA.

“The most rewarding part of this journey is watching the students have fun and seeing how their hard work has paid off,” said Joan Rocks, chair of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences and director of the Athletic Training Program.

Each team is comprised of three students, with one additional member to serve as an alternate in the event a member is unable to participate. The three same members must participate in each round, and all must be in good standing with their athletic training program.

During the competition, a Jeopardy style format is used where students are asked questions from the past four years of their education process.  The student winners are Nathan Gawarecki, Lauren Cornwell, Jason Combs and alternate, Mitch Geddis.

Cornwell shared that it was a great experience overall and, thanks to the opportunity, she learned a lot and was able to visit new places.


Learn more about Otterbein’s athletic training program.