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Otterbein OATA moves on to regional quiz bowl

Otterbein OATA moves on to regional quiz bowl

By Alli Bates ’16

Otterbein’s Athletic Training students took first place at the 2016 Annual Student Quiz Bowl. Out of 25 Ohio Schools, including Ohio State and Ohio University, the team won the Jeopardy style athletic training based quiz bowl. They will now represent Ohio at the regional Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association Student Quiz Bowl. The winner will end up at the National Athletic Trainers' Association meeting to compete for the national grand prize.

Dr. Joan Rocks, associate professor at Otterbein, will travel to Chicago for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers meeting March 9 -12 with the students. The region consists of professionals, schools and teams from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. If they win this round, it will be on to the finals in Baltimore June 22-25. The student winners are Nathan Gawarecki, Lauren Cornwell and Jason Combs.

The Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association (OATA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health care needs of the physically active. Its primary goal is to ensure that athletes, at any level, receive immediate, professional, quality health care. Membership has risen to over 900 student members.

The OATA continues to work 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.

“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,” said Rocks.

During the competition, a Jeopardy style format is used where students are asked questions from the past four years of their education process. Each team is composed of three students and may have one alternate in the event that a team members is unable to participate. The same three participants must compete in all rounds of the competition. Team members must be currently enrolled and in good standing with their Athletic Training Program.

“The competition is very tough. There are 25 accredited programs competing and these schools are some of the best in the nation for athletic training programs,” said Rocks. “Plus, in the Jeopardy style format, students have to think quickly and accurately. All the pieces have to fall in place.”

Rocks explained how the most rewarding part of this journey is seeing the students have fun and also seeing how their hard work has paid off.

Learn more about Otterbein's Athletic Training programs.

For more on OATA programs and competitions, visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Fister, University of Akron.