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January, 2013

Student Corner - York University

International Quiz Bowl
York University – Brandon Downing

Comprised of Districts One and Two of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association was formed in 1949. States associated with the EATA include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey. The 2013 Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention was held January 4th-7th in Buffalo, NY. This year, as in the past, CATA members were invited to attend the conference. Ontario Athletic Therapist Association President Drew Laskoski manned the OATA booth in the exhibit hall, and York University’s own Dr. Frances Flint presented a lecture on Sunday about the impact of sport psychology on injury care.

An annual highlight of the convention is the Student Quiz Bowl, which pits students against their peers from within their district in a Jeopardy-style competition. Categories are taken from the 12 Content Areas identified in the Athletic Training Educational Competencies, the Board of Certification’s Role Delineation Study Guide, and include history of the profession. The top three students from each district are invited to compete in the NATA Quiz Bowl held at the National Convention. This year, the inaugural International Quiz Bowl took place. The top two students from each district formed a team to compete against four representatives from accredited CATA institutions. Team Canada included Jessie Dalton (Sheridan), Brandon Downing (York), Mike Robinson (Sheridan) and Sarah Rose (Concordia). Our team met together for the first time about 20 hours before the competition, which didn’t leave much time for team-bonding (or studying). However, we did manage to get some of both in after scouting out the competition in the District Quiz Bowls. Many sport psychologists will tell you that the importance of team-bonding cannot be over-emphasized. We took this advice to heart and spent some time together Friday night sampling the fare at some of Buffalo’s finest establishments.

Saturday morning was spent attending very interesting and informative lectures (which we were of course paying close attention to, definitely not spending the time strategizing). But come 1:00 we were on lockdown in Jessie’s room, surrounded by anatomy books, BOC review questions, Arnheim’s Principles of Athletic Training, and empty pizza boxes. Going into the competition, we felt confident. This confidence was only slightly outshone by the blinding spotlights under which we found ourselves. It was an even match, with the teams staying close throughout the main round. Though they gave a valiant effort, the small contingent of Canadian supporters was no match for the Americans’ dozens of classmates and professors. The room erupted with chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” with every correct response from the American Team, while the polite cheers of all five Canadian fans rang out with each correct Team Canada answer. There was a narrow margin between the teams as they headed into Final Jeopardy, with Team Canada leading by only a few hundred points. Upon the introduction of the Final Jeopardy category (Wrist and Hand), both teams went for broke with their wagers.

The Question: What is the name given to an avascular necrosis of the lunate?

The Result (coming after a minute of the Final Jeopardy music that seems to increase the blood pressure of anyone that hears it): A correct answer of Keinbock’s Disease by the Canadians, and an incorrect answer by the Americans. And for the first time since the preliminary round of the World Juniors, proud Canucks could say, “Team Canada wins!”

On behalf of my team, I would like to thank our institutions for the opportunity to represent the CATA at the International Quiz Bowl. Additionally, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the EATA for not only inviting us to Buffalo to compete, but also for the excellent lectures and student program that we were able to attend at the Convention. It was a great environment for education, networking, and sharing our profession with our American friends. Many athletic trainers and athletic training students mentioned to me that they feel like Canada is ahead of the curve when it comes to the care of athletes, and as an athletic therapy student in my final year, I would have to say that I wholeheartedly agree.

PS: For those of you keeping score at home, the final was 8500 points to zero.

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