Athletic Training Students Take Second at OATA Quiz Bowl

January 23, 2017


TOLEDO - On Saturday, January 14, 16 students from the Athletic Training Program traveled to the University of Toledo to attend the 18th Annual OATA Athletic Training Student Symposium & Quiz Bowl. 

Four students in particular—Sabrina Salupo ‘18, Alexia Paxos ‘17 and Chris DiRando ‘17 with alternate Madison Sikyta ‘17—competed in the Quiz Bowl against seventeen other Ohio colleges. 

Despite the pressure of the other competitors, by the end of the second round, Mount Union’s team was in first place, 600 points above the other universities. 

“All the questions on the projector had been answered so for a brief second we had thought we won. I was prepared to do my happy dance and all of our classmates had stood up,” DiRando said. “Unfortunately that brief excitement was overshadowed by the preceptor announcing Final Jeopardy. It was a high-paced emotional roller coaster.”

During that final round, Mount Union managed to remain as one of the leaders, finishing the competition in second place above sixteen other teams. This marked the best Quiz Bowl performance in Mount Union’s history, proving the team an athletic training force to be reckoned with.

Multiple aspects of the Athletic Training Program helped the students earn their silver medal. DiRando said that his most beneficial experience came from his off-site clinical rotations, where varied experiences in high school, physical therapy office and physician’s office settings provided him with a wide range of specified knowledge. Along with athletic training classes, taking courses in the exercise science department also helped with tough physiology questions.

Salupo also had the opportunity to present a poster on Os Trigonum Syndrome at the conference. While she was nervous to be presenting in front of so many people, Salupo appreciated the experience.

“It challenged me to speak to people I didn't know about information that could help them. It was empowering to know that I was helping other students and athletic trainers learn more about a rare occurrence of Os Trigonum, and it was also great to represent Mount,” she said.

Paxos, a Quiz Bowl veteran, spoke about the conference experience as a whole, giving advice to students who want to participate in the future. “Because of Quiz Bowl, I've made connections with students and professionals all over, and I even had the opportunity to take part in cadaver labs. Take advantage of this experience—it'll only help you to prepare for your future!”

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