The Warhawk Weekly – Injury Prevention, Healthy Snacks and Summer Registration Advice in this week’s issue!

April 4, 2019

The Importance of Injury Prevention Practices in College Athletes

Chloe McAlpin, Deputy Editor in Chief

The physical demands placed on the bodies of college athletes have been shown to make them exceedingly susceptible to injuries. As many athletes begin their training at the age of three and four, the repetitive practice of movements that require extreme strength and endurance make them prime candidates for overuse injuries. Across the entire spectrum of college athletics, there is no doubt that the vast majority of injuries are the result of overuse rather than physical trauma. These injuries tend to occur at the foot, ankle, knee or lower leg, low back, and hip, as well as with many other susceptible locations. The foot, ankle, knee, or leg area is vulnerable to a wide range of injuries, including stress fractures, tendon injuries, sprains, strains, and muscle imbalances. These injuries occur with higher frequency in athletes as they age, so it is imperative to emphasize what the athlete can do to prevent future injuries. It is vital to the success of the athlete that they actively strive to prevent future injuries: it has been shown that athletes who actively engage in injury prevention methods have fewer injuries than those who did not do so. Athletes of all ages can help to prevent these injuries by using therapy bands, at home exercises, and delving into the microscopic detail of the foundational movements of their sport.

Healthy Snacks for College Students 

Laney M. Mayfield, contributing writer

It’s no secret that college students are busy. With such demanding schedules, some students satiate hunger by indulging in snacks that are not healthy. Here are some healthy alternatives.  

1. Chopped Apples with Almond Butter

The old proverb “An apple a day can keep the doctor way” is more than just a wise saying. According to Medical News Today, apples are “extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber.” Almond butter, according to Naturally Nutty, a retail source for nut and seed butters, has been scientifically proven to contain healthy monounsaturated fats our bodies need. By combining these two superfoods, a college student can enjoy a light, tasty treat as well as gain the proper nutrition.  

2. Nuts

Most people associate nuts with fat, but they also offer plenty of fiber. Just one ounce of almonds contains 3.5 grams of fiber while an ounce of pistachios offers three grams. Also, you can add nuts to yogurts, fruit trays and many more snacks throughout the day. 

3. Popcorn

Popcorn has long been the go-to snack at the cinema but has been proven to be one of the healthiest snacks around. Popcorn alone contains an abundance of minerals, vitamins, and fiber. However, for a healthier version, instead of drenching the corn in butter after it is freshly popped, layering it with olive oil can not only be tastier but lighter and healthier.

4. Smoothies

Want to get all your key nutrients, such as Vitamin C and Calcium, in one sitting? A smoothie is a great option and requires only a few ingredients and a blender. The process is simple and is entirely unique to your tastes. First, start with a base, such as milk or yogurt, both of which provide protein. Next, add in your preferred fruits, most of which are excellent sources of Vitamin C, then blend until smooth. The best thing about a smoothie is not only the taste, but the endless combinations a student can utilize to gain essential nutrients.  

5. Baked Sweet Potato Fries.

Baked sweet potato “fries” are a healthy alternative to French fries, something college students often choose. Sweet potatoes alone contain a high amount of potassium and fiber. Once baked to a crisp and a light amount a salt, sweet potatoes fries can easily become a heart healthy favor for all college students.

Never Stop Progressing: Summer 2019 Registration

J. Colby Maynor, Editor in Chief

Whether you are a traditional or nontraditional student, in the workforce, or straight out of high school, life will continuously test you. To progress, we must never stop learning. And so, Calhoun never stops teaching.


This summer, you can continue advancing your educational goals at Calhoun Community College. Summer semester dates can be accessed using They are also included here for easy reference:


Session Dates

  • Full Session May 22, 2019 – August 1, 2019
  • First Short Session May 22, 2019 – June 25, 2019
  • Second Short Session June 26, 2019 – July 30, 2019
  • Delayed Start Session June 3, 2019 – August 1, 2019
  • Weekend Session May 25, 2019 – July 27, 2019
  • CIS PreTerm Session May 13, 2019 – May 17, 2019


To register for Summer 2019 classes, students should schedule an appointment at the Advising and Career Center. Registration dates are below:

Registration opens 45+
Tuesday April 2,/td> CIS Bldg. 1:45-2:45 pm
Registration opens 30+
Thursday April 4 Sparkman Bldg. 8:30-9:30 am
Registration opens 15+
Tuesday April 9 CIS Bldg. 4:30-5:30 pm
Registration opens for All
Thursday April 11 Sparkman Bldg. 11:30-12:30 pm

High school students who are graduating this spring may also get a jump start by registering for Summer 2019 classes. They should schedule an appointment starting April 11th and come with their ACT/SAT scores and unofficial high school transcript.

If you need help scheduling an appointment, or have any questions at all, send an email to