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My Brain on NASCAR: Talladega is home of ‘the big one’

If the success or failure of an event — oh, let’s say a NASCAR weekend, for example – can be measured by the sum of its many moving parts, then the May 7 race at Talladega Superspeedway was an official doozy. Daytona International Speedway, despite all its glory and success, didn’t quite satisfy its builder, NASCAR co-founder Bill France, Sr. He wanted something bigger. So, after failing... 

Golf, tennis seasons can be a real pain in the elbow

As orthopedic physical therapists we treat musculoskeletal disorders of all sorts.  Living in a premier golf resort area like Myrtle Beach can lead to a higher percentage of a couple disorders in particular. Two of the more common disorders we treat are “golfers elbow” (medial epicondylalgia/tendinosis) and “tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylalgia/tendinosis ).  Epicondylalgia is synonymous... 

Welcome to South Carolina: College Sports Capital of the World

I can see the road signs now: “Welcome to South Carolina: The College Sports Capital of the World!” It might not have the same ring to it as “Pedro Never Sleeps” or “Sober or Slammer”, but the Palmetto State deserves to boast about its college sports accomplishments over the past calendar year – three national titles and a semifinal trip in the four major... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Dale Jr.’s retirement a big blow for racing

Had me you asked a week ago, I would have said there have been only two occasions since this column’s inception when I have dreaded sitting down to write it. Now, there are three of those occasions. After 18 seasons and more than 600 NASCAR Cup Series races, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. publicly announced on April 25 that his driving career would conclude at the end of the 2017 season. And for one stunned... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Small-town tracks have big-time appeal

It is not uncommon, when one of NASCAR’s rare “off” weekends rolls around – the recent Easter weekend is a very current example — to hear the inevitable complaints, something like, “Aww, man, there’s no race this weekend.” Or, as my friend Dianne put it (with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek) – “What’s up with that? Who needs family time?” It... 

Don’t let pulling a hammy land you on the sidelines

Imagine you have just started your morning run, are playing a game of pick-up basketball at the local YMCA, or in a dead sprint to beat out the grounder to the short-stop, and BOOM! You have just pulled a hammy!  It hits you like a ton of bricks.  Even If you have not played sports, this may have happened to you. You’ve experienced the instantaneous ripping of the muscle in the back of your... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Time to study up for the RAT

It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming. I was having a casual conversation over lunch the other day about fairly nebulous NASCAR topics, what I would consider general-knowledge questions. We discussed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season so far, the next few races, whether or not Tony Stewart is happy with his retirement... 

Palmetto State positioned for major college sports sweep

The Palmetto State is a mere speck on the map from a national perspective. As the 40th largest state in the union, you could fit five South Carolinas inside the state of California. In fact, the Golden State has eight times the number of residents as South Carolinians represent only 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Yet the tiny speck stands ready to put itself on the national sports map with... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Larson latest sign of youth movement

Were you excited to see Kyle Larson win the Auto Club 400 on March 26? If not, I have bad news for you: You’d better get used to it. My grandmother, to whom the word “indomitable” could be justifiably applied, once said this to me: “I know I’m getting old, because all my friends are dying.” I can relate to that on a professional level, because all my friends are retiring. Numerous times... 

Taking pelvic floor dysfunction treatment to the next level

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very common problem for people of all ages. Although it is more common in women, men can have pelvic floor disorders as well. So what is it? Everyone has heard about the dreaded spritzing after sneezing, coughing or even jumping up and down in excitement. With severe cases, people may just move the wrong way and oops! Many women, especially after having children, think... 
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