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Making a case against sports specialization

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt. But not all injuries are caused by... 

Surf City Surf Shop legacy to continue with Lester

After 40 years of single ownership, Myrtle Beach’s Surf City Surf Shop has changed hands. Longtime local surfer, and store employee Chal Lester purchased the store from Mark Allison earlier this year and has begun the transformation process. Lester, born just 4 years before the first Surf City opened, is excited for the opportunity and the coming changes, “This store is so important to a lot... 

D’Antoni talks good game … and he coaches one too

Marshall University basketball coach and longtime Grand Strand hoops guru Dan D’Antoni made history on Saturday by leading the Thundering Herd to their first Conference USA Tournament championship and his alma mater’s first invitation to the NCAA Tournament since 1987. The  Herd’s 67-66 victory over Western Kentucky was in part a result of his coaching abilities that honed during... 

Fibromyalgia can be a real pain without diagnosis, treatment

Many have heard of fibromyalgia but what does it mean? For some reason, there is a misconception when the term fibromyalgia is used when talking about chronic pain. Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis which is poorly misunderstood, often criticized and swept under the rug by many health care professionals leaving those that suffer from fibromyalgia at a loss. Due to misleading beliefs of fibromyalgia,... 

Chants fans: Get to know your new Sun Belt enemies

The Coastal Carolina University football team officially makes its Sun Belt Conference debut this weekend, and that means getting to know a whole new crew of schools to hate. OK, hate is a bit harsh, but this is big-time college football in the South so it’s pretty darn close. Chanticleer fans need to educate on their knew conference rivals in order to better know the enemy. Sure, CCU’s... 

High school sports about more than fun and games

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here, and that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes,... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Harvick far from ‘Happy’

2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, nicknamed “Happy,” didn’t sound the least bit jolly when recently addressing the subject of NASCAR’s deteriorating popularity, not to mention its dwindling fan base. Harvick apparently knows exactly who is hurting NASCAR, and it’s a friend of his … or perhaps a former friend, at this point. He isn’t a green-eyed monster, but he did a... 

Balance important to good health, especially the aged

We as humans take for granted the act of being able to rise from a chair, walk across the lawn or reach overhead to the top cabinet shelf because typically it’s an unconscious behavior that we don’t think twice about. But what happens when you do not feel as sturdy on your feet, have a sense of instability or dizziness? Daily simple tasks no longer seem so easy or second nature. Often times... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Indy laying bricks for excitment

From my vantage point – the sofa – roughly 300 fans turned out to watch the Brickyard 400 at venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 21 … and half of them left when Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will retire from NASCAR competition at the end of the 2017 season, was forced out of the race thanks to a blown radiator. Most of those fans probably didn’t come for the actual race anyhow, which... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Junior keeps seat hot for Bowman

Here are nine words you’ve probably never heard anyone say: “I’ll be so glad when Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires.” Since his official retirement announcement in April, Junior Nation has, for the most part, buried its head in the sand, pretending this isn’t happening, living in a fantasy world where only good things happen, and the white knight always wins. When something disrupts that perfect... 
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