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Thursday, October 28, 1999

Bake sale planned

A bake sale will be held from 7-9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19.

The sale, which is sponsored by the Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary, will be held at the Security State Bank Lobby.

Weekend classes offered at OC

For those who want to take a college class but have limited time, Odessa College offers weekend classes.

Registration for the second session of weekend classes will be Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 2-4, 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Classes begin Friday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Classes offered are Intro to Computer Systems and Introduction to Psychology. Classes meet on five Friday evenings: Nov. 5, 12 and 19; and Dec. 3 and 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and five Saturdays: Nov. 6, 13 and 20; and Dec. 4 and 11 from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m.

Intro to Computer Systems may also be taken as a non-credit course by registering through the Continuing Education office. For more information contact Continuing Education at 335-6580.

Weekend College courses parallel those offered in the regular term except they are compressed into a shorter time span. OC gives the classes full academic recognition, and both the time spent and the credit earned are equivalent to that of a regular session.

New students _ those who have never attended college or have attended a college other than OC _ first should go to admissions office in the Student Union Building, Room 205, to be admitted before they can register. They should bring an official transcript of the schools previously attended.

Proof of Texas residency for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment is required at registration to qualify for Texas residency tuition rates.

For more information, call Odessa College at 915-335-6400.

Minor pulls can be avoided

Even minor muscle pulls can be a sore subject for many recreational athletes. The good news is that many times these types of injuries can be avoided.

"The more warmed up the muscle is, usually by light exercise beforehand, the less likely it is to tear," said Dr. Jane Corboy, a family physician specializing in sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

The more common, minor pulls are the result of stretched muscles fibers, microscopic tears, or inflammation of the areas where the muscle and tendon attach. They are usually associated with an explosive contraction of the muscle or an attempt at an explosive contraction that is blocked by an object, like kicking a soccer ball.

If you do pull a muscle, Corboy offers a few suggestions to get you on the road to recovery.

· Begin RICE _ rest, ice, compress and elevate _ immediately after the injury.

· Limit the use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to the first 24 hours. The inflammatory response is actually part of the healing process.

· Work on regaining range of motion with light exercise and stretches.

If you didn't feel pain immediately, you could be suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness. Although physicians arent' sure what causes it, the symptoms usually crop up abut two days after you perform the activity.

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