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Whitworth Athletic Training students beat 10 accredited programs in annual Northwest Athletic Trainer’s Association Quiz Bowl

April 10, 2013

The Whitworth Quiz Bowl team took first place at the annual District 10 Northwest Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Quiz Bowl in Boise, Idaho, March 15-16. The team beat the 10 other accredited athletic training programs that competed, including Boise State University, University of Idaho, George Fox, Linfield College, and Oregon State University. Whitworth’s team members were seniors Lauren Dickey, Andrew Knox, Heidi Hendrickson, and William Decker.

The Quiz Bowl competition focuses on knowledge of the five domains of athletic training: injury and illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being.

“Athletic trainers love a good competition, but at the end of the day we all play on the same team,” says Cynthia Wright, assistant professor of health science and athletic program director at Whitworth. “The athletic training department benefits greatly from the knowledge and professional experience students gain by attending this meeting.”

“We had been preparing for the NATA Student Quiz Bowl every week since January, and we knew the content well,” says Dickey, who plans on attending graduate school to complete a master’s degree in athletic training.

Knox says the keys to their victory were the extensive coursework and preparatory efforts made by professors and teammates. Some of his favorite things about the Whitworth athletic training department, he says, are the relationships he’s developed with his professors and fellow students.

“Whitworth's athletic training education program has given me excellent clinical experience,” says Dickey. “Our group of athletic training majors is like a family; it's very supportive and a blast to be around. And the staff and faculty associated are topnotch. As cheesy as it sounds, it has been the best four years of my life here at Whitworth.”

This is the second year in a row that Whitworth athletics training students have won the competition. In June, the team will travel to the National Athletic Trainer’s Association symposium in Las Vegas to compete against 10 other districts in the national Quiz Bowl competition.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Cynthia Wright, Ph.D., ATC, assistant professor of health sciences, athletic training program director, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3244 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or