Redefining the Classroom

Athletic training students take first place in MATS Quiz Bowl

Posted: November 8th, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University students attending the 9th annual Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Student Seminar and Quiz Bowl placed first in the quiz bowl competition recently, marking the first time an LSSU team has won and the first time the MATS Cup has been brought to the Upper Peninsula.

Teams from 12 of the 14 colleges and universities offering an athletic training program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training competed in the event that was part of the two-day seminar. The student-focused seminar is designed to provide athletic training students in the state with an opportunity to learn from leaders within the profession and to interact with athletic training students from other programs so they may compare notes on how their athletic training education programs are run. Students also had the opportunity to attend a leadership session that included some rock climbing.

TRAINERS OF THE BODY AND MIND -- Members of LSSU's Student Athletic Training Association attended a two-day conference sponsored by the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society and took place in the conference quiz bowl. The LSSU contingent included: Front row, l-r - Jenelle Spires, Mancelona; Amy Olar, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Rachel Morairty, Sacramento, Calif. and Kara Holland, Gaylord. Center row - Paige Withorn, Harrison; Anya Malloch, Grand Ledge; Megan Schatzley, Saginaw; Hailee Paquet, Mackinaw City and Paul Eberts, Cedarville. Back row - Mike McPherson, Ironwood; Prof. Joe Susi; Ryan Peroceschi, Norway, Mich.; Glenn Watchorn, West Branch; Andrew Miller, Sault Ste. Marie and Prof. Sarah Ouimette.

“We’re very proud of the students,” said Prof. Joseph Susi, Ph.D., a certified athletic trainer who teaches and is director of the LSSU athletic training education program. “They look forward to this conference and winning the competition was just icing on the cake.”

During the conference, the students participated in a variety of discussions and presentations about athletic training issues. Physician and certified athletic trainer Larry Nassar, team physician at Michigan State University and the U.S. Gymnastics team, spoke to the students about “Muscle Energy Techniques of the Pelvis.” Physician Carl Wierks, who has worked with the U.S, Ski and Snowboard teams, spoke on hip pathologies.

SENIOR PRIDE -- LSSU senior athletic training students Peroceschi,
Olar and McPherson pose with the MATS Cup before bringing it
to campus and the U.P.

At the conclusion of the conference, each school put forward three-person teams in the Quiz Bowl, which challenged them on skills involved in athletic training in the form of “Jeopardy” quiz show questions.

“There were 24 teams total as each school was allowed two teams,” Susi said. “After two rounds of questions, Team 1 found itself in second place, just 400 points behind MSU, placing the team in the top 10 and allowing it to participate in the final Jeopardy round. When the final answer was given, LSSU had won the cup!”

“This is exciting for our athletic training education program,” said Prof. Deb McPherson, who is head of the LSSU School of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science. “The students competed against fellow athletic training students in some big schools.”

Susi said the students now have the opportunity to represent Michigan at the annual Great Lakes Athletic Training Association Quiz Bowl, which will be held in conjunction with the regional meeting March 12-16 in Wheeling, Ill. The winner from the GLATA Quiz Bowl will then represent its district at the National Athletic Trainers Association national meeting in Las Vegas this June. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Joe Susi, 635-2161,