Each year, students and staff members in North Central College’s athletic training education program attend the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium for education and to compete in the College Bowl.
This year’s event was held Nov. 5-6 in Bloomington and the College Bowl competition, involving 11 participating teams, took place Nov. 6. The College Bowl is held annually at the state meeting and utilizes a “Jeopardy” format, with three rounds and a final question.
North Central College’s team of senior athletic training majors Carl Gerrick, Casey Nelson with a minor in Spanish, and Crystal Wright with a psychology minor, claimed second place. North Central students beat nine other teams from Aurora University, Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Lewis University, Northern Illinois University, Millikin University, North Park University and Trinity International. Western Illinois University finished in first place.
North Central’s team was one of only two teams to correctly answer the Final Jeopardy question on Marfan’s Syndrome. This is a heritable condition that affects the body’s connective tissue, which holds the body together and provides a framework for growth and development.
In addition to the College Bowl, one student received a scholarship at the meeting. Katie Moore ’13, a double major in athletic training and psychology, was awarded the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Living Memorial Scholarship. Only one is awarded annually. Moore serves as an IATA student senator and a Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association student senator.
Athletic training is among more than 55 majors, minors and other areas of study offered at North Central College. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors/athletic-training to learn more about the program.