How to Survive the Stress of Finals Week as Told by the Characters from Parks and Recreation

It’s that time of year, again, Clemson students… finals week.


Does just hearing the term “finals week” stress you out? Don’t let it! You’re a Clemson Tiger… you can do anything! Just follow these six, easy steps to stay as stress-free as possible during a crazy week of tests, papers, and lots more.

1. Get sleep!


It’s no secret that getting 7-8 hours of sleep will help boost your memory and grades.

 2. Avoid junk food!


Put the ramen down, and eat something healthy! Healthy food will help boost your brain power and make you feel better, overall.

 3. Take a break!


Taking breaks can help you clear your mind and relax so that you are recharged when it’s time to get back to the books.

 4. Exercise!


Exercising will both relax and energize you. Whether it’s attending a group fitness class or utilizing the workout facilities at Fike, you’ll feel much better afterwards. You know what they say- strong body, strong mind!

5. Avoid social media!


Unfortunately, there is no Facebook final exam. Put your smartphone down or download apps that will block those sites for you; do what you have to do to help stay focused while studying.

6. Stay positive!


Good luck from every one in Campus Recreation!

This blog was written by Joey Dunaway, Graduate Marketing Intern.


Clemson Triathlon Team Competes in National Championships Here in Clemson!

Have you ever been in the car on your way to pick up fast food and seen a car with a 26.2 bumper sticker? Did you wonder how someone could possibly run 26.2 miles? Maybe that’s not intense enough for you. Let’s change the running to biking and add in a one mile open water swim before a marathon of biking. Tired, yet? Alright, how about finishing off the swim and bike ride with a 10k run? Sound impossible? Clemson sophomore, Mike Pajewski, completes races like these every semester as apart of the Clemson Club Triathlon team.

(Mike Pajewski completing the bike portion of the triathlon)

As a competitive swimmer from Charlottesville, VA, Mike knew he wanted to continue his training when he came to Clemson to study Industrial Engineering. When he met someone from the Club Triathlon team he was encouraged to come out for some practices. At first, Mike was hesitant as he was only used to swimming, but he gave it a chance.

At his first practice, Mike was barely able to run a few miles. However, the good thing about Triathlon Club is that students from all ranges and experiences participate and encourage one another. Also, the club coach will work with you to design a specific training plan unique to you. Because of the support Mike received as well as his dedication and commitment, Mike continued attending practices and competed in his first national triathlon event last April. This year, Mike has transitioned into the role of club President, which is a testament to his dedication and passion for the sport.

(Mike, front row far left, pictured with other members of the team)

Still a little confused about what it takes to be apart of Club Triathlon? Let’s talk about it. First, anyone can be apart of the team—there are no cuts. The practices aren’t mandatory, but when you do practice you can choose your own pace and level of training. The coach, president, and others in the group are also willing to help beginners come up with a personalized training plan. Seriously, you don’t have to be an amazing athlete to join, but you can certainly become one after your involvement in the club!BL3G6203

The team typically competes in three races a semester with nationals in the Spring. There are two different types of races: sprint races and Olympic races. Sprint races are a little shorter with a 750m open swim, 12-17 mile bike ride, and 5k run. Olympic races are the traditional one mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and 10k run. To compete in these races each racer must pay certain fees associated with travel, race fees, team apparel, and more. Because the fees can rack up, Mike and his executive committee have spearheaded many new fundraising initiatives such as obtaining new bike sponsors, selling team apparel to alumni, kids, and those in the community, as well as working to bring back the Easter Bunny 5k run.


The team is lucky this year, though, because the 2015 Collegiate Club National Championships are actually being held right here in Clemson, SC. On April 24th and 25th Club Triathlon teams from all over the nation will travel to Clemson to compete in numerous races and events in order to walk away as champions. Whether you are interested in getting involved with triathlon, looking for something to do this weekend, or just wanting to support fellow members of the Clemson Family come out Friday and Saturday to cheer on Mike and all the other members of the Club Triathlon team!


The dates, time, and location for the events are as follows:

-Friday, April 24
Race: Draft Legal Sprint
Location: Clemson’s Campus Beach
Times: Men (9am), Women (11am)

-Saturday, April 25
Race: Olympic Distance
Location: Clemson’s Campus Beach
Times: Men (7:30am), Women (10:40am)

-Saturday, April 25
Race: Mixed Team Relay
Location: Clemson’s Campus Beach
Time: 4:15pm

Don’t forget to come out this weekend wearing your orange to cheer on the team all the way to the finish line!

If you are interested in learning more about the Club Triathlon team at Clemson, want to know how to get involved, or want to buy some cool merch check out the team’s website at or “like” them on Facebook

Blog post written by Joey Dunaway, Graduate Marketing Intern.
All photos courtesy of Clemson Club Triathlon

8 Reasons Why Every Clemson Student Should Participate in Intramural Sports

1. Because You Didn’t Make the Clemson Football Team


Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Come out and enjoy various levels of competition on a nightly basis. You can re-live your high school glory days in our competitive leagues or take it more lightly in our recreational leagues.

2. So You Can Take a Break from Homework


Everyone can use some time away from the books to relieve stress and have fun playing a sport.

3. Because You Can Exercise Without Even Knowing It


Participating in our various programs and events is a great way to exercise and stay healthy.

4. Because You’re Bound to Make Friends


Over 5,000 Clemson students participate in Intramural Sports each year, so you are bound to make connections and get to know your fellow students better.

5. Because Working as a Sports Official is Awesome


Who knew you could get paid to be around sports each night? Even if you are not the next Ed Hochuli, our officials training clinics will prepare you for success and a year-long job.

6. To Expand your Wardrobe Collection


Winning the coveted Intramural Sports championship t-shirt is a big deal around here. Earn it, and display it proudly around campus.

7. Because Textbooks Took all Your Money


Fortunately, all participation in Intramural Sports is free!

8.  Everybody’s Doing It!


Intramural Sports at Clemson has been named in the top 2 spots of the annual Princeton Review ranking of “Schools Where Everyone Plays Intramurals” for 3 straight years and counting!

Special thanks to Chris Cox and Jamie McLean for contributing to this post.

Clemson Club Rugby: Back-to-back Undefeated Conference Champs

The Clemson University club rugby team had a very successful season this fall.


Team accomplishments include:

  • Second consecutive undefeated conference season
  • Back-to-back Atlantic Coast Rugby Championships
  • American Collegiate Rugby Championship Bowl Series win over South Carolina 40–14.

Individual accomplishments include:

  • 2014 Honorable Mention All American–Jason Damm
  • 2014 Atlantic Coast Rugby League MVP–Max Simons
  • 2014 Atlantic Coast Rugby League Freshman of the Year–Drew Dommel
  • 2014 Academic All American–Rion Tapp.


While the team has had numerous on-field accomplishments, it is the academic accomplishments that Coach Justin Hickey wants to be recognized. For example, to be an Academic All American, athletes must be a regular starter on the field and have a cumulative 3.7 GPA or higher. Clemson’s Rion Tapp has received this honor as a junior and as a senior.

In South Carolina, rugby is only played in approximately eight to ten high schools. However, interest in the sport is growing rapidly. What is it about this sport that makes it attractive to young men and women across the nation?

Rugby is a sport that combines all other sports. Even if an athlete did not grow up playing it, it is easy to pick up, especially with the help of fellow teammates. Rugby encompasses football, basketball and soccer. It combines running, jumping, passing and kicking into one physically demanding sport.


Although rugby is extremely competitive, it comes down to camaraderie. Individuals on the club rugby team grow close with their fellow teammates. It does not end there though. There is also a shared mutual respect with rivals, as the sport is all about sportsmanship. Typically, the home team will feed the visiting team following the match, allowing the athletes to socialize with one another.

As an added benefit to being a member of the rugby team, there are student leadership opportunities available to manage the club. Students are responsible for arranging travel and financial plans.

DSC09152Another benefit is the opportunity to professionally network due to the strong alumni connections of previous club rugby athletes. These professionals sometimes contact Coach Hickey with job opportunities for the players.  In a way, there is a business club within the rugby team.

Coach Hickey is very proud of his team, as they have come a long way since his arrival four years ago. The club now has over 60 members. These young men are motivated and work really hard. They practice everyday, study film and use the weight room. However, Coach Hickey is most proud of the students’ academic accomplishments. Whether the athletes go to graduate school or enter the professional fields, he is always rooting for them.

DSC09237The rugby team welcomes other interested students to join the club. The starting roster contains athletes who have never played the sport before. It does not matter whether you start freshman year of high school or junior year of college—at some point you are learning the sport. Other experienced members of the team will also help those who have never played before because they want to see the team succeed.

Although most of the season takes place in the fall, there are a few events happening this semester. The Tigers are currently competing in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship Tournament. The Rugby team won the first around against Arkansas State to advance on to the Quarterfinals. The Quarterfinals will be on April 11th, and Clemson will compete against Navy. The team will also compete in the Atlantic Coast Rugby Sevens Championships on April 18–19. The winner will advance to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, which will be featured live on NBC later this spring. Way to go men’s club rugby!



For more information check out the Clemson Club Rugby website at, follow them on Twitter at @ClemsonRugby, or like them on Facebook at

(All photos courtesy of Jim Sullivan and Clemson Rugby)

8 Reasons to Attend a Group Fitness Class

1. Relieve stress.


Working out is a great way to relieve stress and boost productivity!

2. Hang out with your friends.


Group fitness classes are a great way to bring a group of friends together to get your fit on, keep each other accountable and have fun!

3. Get motivated to work harder.


Whether its camaraderie or good ole competition- group exercise motivates people to work harder and push themselves!

4. Most classes are for beginners.


Don’t be intimidated to sign up for a group fitness class because you have never done it before. That’s ok! Chances are you won’t be the only newbie in the room, and it will be a great opportunity to learn something new.

5. Instructors will help guide you through the class. 

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Our trained group fitness instructors are passionate about what they do and love sharing their passion with others. Also, they can teach you safety and proper forms for all kinds of workouts. So no more exercising incorrectly!

6. Group classes are fun.

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It’s one of the only places where being loud and blasting music during exercise is normal!

7. There are a wide variety of fitness classes offered.


Whether it’s cycling, yoga, pilates, core or Zumba, there is guaranteed to be a class that caters to your fitness needs!

8. You’ll be glad you did. 


Sure, who doesn’t love laying on the couch watching Netflix? But after getting out and getting fit you’ll be glad you traded the couch for the gym!

Special thanks to Erin Helbling, the Graduate Assistant for Fitness and Wellness, for contributing to this post.

Concussions and the Athletic Trainer’s Role

unnamedCertified Athletic Trainers (ATC) represent the front lines in the concussion safety battle. The presence of an ATC dramatically increases the chances that a concussion will be diagnosed which is critical in not only avoiding a more lengthy recovery, but also the risk of permanent brain injury. Athletic Trainers have special training and knowledge about sports-related concussions and therefore will know as much, if not more, than other health care professionals.

Here is some general information regarding concussions:

  • A bump, a blow to the head or a blow to the body can cause a concussion.
  • A concussion can happen even if you don’t lose consciousness.
  • If you think you have a concussion, you should not return to play the day of the injury, but wait until a health care professional clears you to return.

Some common symptoms of concussions include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty remembering or paying attention
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Feeling irritable or more emotional
  • Feeling sluggish or groggy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitive to light or noise
  • Blurry or doubled vision.

So, what should you do if you think you have a concussion?

  • Don’t hide it. Report it. Do not ignore symptoms. Tell an Athletic Trainer or other health care professional.
  • Get checked out. Only a health care professional can tell if you have a concussion and can determine when it’s safe to return to play.
  • Take care of your brain. Rest is very important after a concussion to help your brain heal. Only once your symptoms have significantly reduced should you slowly and gradually return to daily activities such as work or school. If your symptoms come back or new symptoms occur as you become more active, this is a sign you are pushing yourself too hard. Stop all activities and take more time to rest.


There are a few things you can do if you have a concussion. Be sure to get plenty of sleep at night and rest during the day. Avoid all activities that are physically demanding or that require a lot of concentration. Ask your doctor when you can safely drive a car, ride a bike or operate heavy machinery. Do not drink alcohol because it can slow your recovery time.

A Day in the Life of an Athletic Trainer


Athletic Trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing and rehabilitating. This means keeping injuries from happening, identifying the nature of an illness or injury by examination of the symptoms and bringing a patient back to a healthy condition after an injury by using exercises and modalities.

Where do athletic trainers work?

You can find an Athletic Trainer in more places than you might expect. You can find them working in public safety, such as city government, law enforcement and homeless shelters. Athletic Trainers can also be found working in hospitals, military, performing arts, occupational health, physician extenders, colleges and universities, secondary schools and professional sports.

The Day-to-Day Tasks of an Athletic Trainer include:

  • Conducting an initial assessment of the patient’s injury and providing emergency or continued care
  • Determining whether the patient should be referred to a physician for definitive diagnosis and treatment
  • Evaluating a patient’s readiness to play and providing participation clearances when warranted
  • Applying protective or injury preventive devices such as tape, bandages or braces
  • Assessing and reporting process of recovering athlete to coaches or physicians
  • Caring for athletic injuries using physical therapy equipment, techniques or medication
  • Keeping records and writing reports on patients
  • Planning or implementing comprehensive athletic injury prevention programs
  • Inspecting playing fields to locate any conditions that could injure a player
  • Developing training programs and routines designed to improve athletic performance
  • Instructing coaches, athletes, patients or parents in the care and prevention of athletic injuries
  • Advising patients on the proper use of equipment.

An Athletic Trainer must possess the following skills in order to be successful: verbal, critical thinking, problem solving, math and science, technology design and control, and leadership.

Athletic Trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. Athletic Trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when an injury occurs. They work under the direction of a licensed physician and with other healthcare providers, often discussing specific injuries and treatment options or evaluating and treating patients as directed by a physician.

We Prepare—You Perform

Did you know that March is National Athletic Training Month? Did you know that Clemson’s Campus Recreation offers athletic training services in Fike? Read on to find out all of the answers and more!

Before celebrating National Athletic Training Month, you must first understand the athletic training profession. Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to return their patients back to full activity as quickly as possible. Through prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions, we are able to provide Clemson’s student body with orthopedic based healthcare that covers them from the gym and fields, to their residence halls and classrooms.

The Athletic Training Room in Fike provides the following services:

  • Clinical services for the evaluation and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries
  • Walk-in services for evaluation, first aid, referrals and making appointments
  • On-field coverage for Club Sport’s practices and competitions
  • On-call support for Intramurals during open hours.

This year’s theme is We Prepare­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­–You Perform. This means that the athletic trainers focus on the preparation of the individual, which allows time for the student to focus only on performing and staying active. The athletic trainers do a lot of work behind the scenes, which allows the individual to perform at their very best.

Are you interested in how the staff at the Athletic Training Room could potentially help you? Here is Anastasia Homer’s story about how she overcame her injury with the help of athletic trainers.

AnastasiaAnastasia Homer, a PhD student and one of Clemson’s very own, injured her right hip two and a half years ago. She received treatments, pills and shots from several doctors. She began to give up hope that she would ever be able to walk comfortably or go hiking, which is one of her favorite things to do.

Anastasia was referred to Ryan, an athletic trainer who works for Campus Recreation. After just one session, he was positive that he could help her begin walking again and have her hiking comfortably.

Ryan worked with Lisa, a massage therapist at Fike, who also helped Anastasia work toward her recovery through an organized treatment plan. She began to see Lisa once a week and Ryan twice a week. Much of Anastasia’s success was due in part to the hard work and dedication of not only herself, but also Ryan and Lisa.

Although Anastasia’s hip may never fully return to normal, she is extremely happy with the progress she has made. Due to the athletic training and massage therapy programs at Clemson University, she is able to walk three miles every day and participate in group fitness classes at Fike. This experience has made Anastasia realize the simple joy of walking, and thanks to the Campus Recreation staff, she has her life back.

For more information about athletic training and what the athletic trainers at Fike can do for you, please visit