Southeast Health Science Students Win Regional American College of Sports Medicine Quiz Bowl

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Three Southeast Missouri State University students from the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation won the Student Quiz Bowl at the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference Oct. 18 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The annual quiz bowl is an opportunity for students to put their knowledge of sports medicine to the test.

The Southeast team was comprised of Michael Berra, a senior health science, pre-physical/occupational therapy major from Chesterfield, Missouri; Logan Page a senior health science major, exercise science option, from Malden, Missouri; and Kory Kasper a junior athletic training major from Springfield, Illinois. The students were recruited by the faculty based on their performance in the Exercise Physiology course which is required in their major curriculum.

In addition to coming home with a trophy, the team also will have the opportunity to compete in the National ACSM Student Quiz Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in May 2019.

Dr. Jason Wagganer, associate professor at Southeast and president of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, said three Southeast students competed as a team in a Jeopardy-style bowl to test their science-based knowledge.

“The content of the quiz bowl is consistent with the content of the didactic coursework in the curriculum,” he said. “The categories for the regional quiz bowl this year included anatomy, cardiovascular physiology, metabolism, resistance training, ergogenic aids, muscle physiology, pathophysiology and nutrition.”

Berra is proud to be a part of the winning team.

“It was close until the end — the final question threw us off a little bit, but we ended up being the only team to get it right,” he said. “We walked up and got a big trophy, which is now displayed in the department’s office.”

Berra and his teammates are looking forward to competing at the national level where regional victors from across the United States, as well as two international teams, will bring their best to the competition.

The regional win was a significant victory for the students and the University, Wagganer said.

“Winning the regional Student Quiz Bowl trophy and bragging rights against larger universities within the region is reflective of the high quality of faculty and students within the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation,” he said.