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Ex-Chants Norman, Tolbert’s ascent nothing short of super

Coastal Carolina products Josh Norman and Mike Tolbert had already made their alma mater proud this season by making the Pro Bowl. Scratch that: Now the pair of Carolina Panthers are headed where no ex-Chant has been before – the Super Bowl. I suppose it’s the next logical step for the 13-year-old football program. The roots planted by inaugural coach David Bennett and the blossoming... 

Dry needling proves effective for athletes’ aches and pains

At Professional Rehabilitation Services one of the major tenants of our mission in an effort to provide the highest quality of physical therapy is to learn from those who never stop learning.  In other words, surround yourself with those who continually challenge themselves to be among the highest trained practitioners, learn from them, and improve upon the delivery of care. Basically, we truly... 

Clemson finally finds the next Danny Ford in a dude named Dabo

The late, great John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” was on the top of the charts, Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” was No. 1 at the box office, Ronald Reagan was getting the hang of the President thing, and the Clemson Tigers were national champs. Thirty-four years later, retro is in again at Clemson. And it’s not just the Tigers’ first undefeated season... 

Kick chronic back pain to the curb with dry needling

Chronic back pain? Sciatica? Knee Arthritis? Plantar Fasciitis? Do any of these diagnoses sound like something you or a loved one have been dealing with and you can’t seem to find a remedy? You don’t want or are not a candidate for sugery, you are tired of taking anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers, exercise may or may not have helped and you just want to get back to doing life’s simple... 

Gamecocks settle for second (or more) choice in Muschamp

New South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said something interesting during his introductory press conference Monday at Williams-Brice Stadium. When asked about his roller-coaster tenure as head coach at Florida, he took a metaphorical walk down the aisle. “I’d compare it to marriage,” Muschamp said of his brief 28-21 stint in The Swamp. “The first year there is a little adjustment,... 

Experiencing crack-aches can be a real pain in the butt

That’s right, I said crack-aches. To be more specific, those are the pains you feel in your sacrum, coccyx and surrounding tissues which comprise the bottom portion of your spine. We all, at one point in time, have had back pain, whether that be from a hard hit during a football game or just an ongoing pain that keeps getting worse as we get older. Back pain is the leading cause of disability... 

Fifty trips around the sun have been a ball

I never make a big deal out of birthdays, but this was a big one. Maybe THE big one, as in the Big 5-0. Pretty sure I won’t be around long enough to hit triple digits so this is as good a milestone as any to take a stroll down sports memory lane. More than half of my 50 trips around the sun have been spent as a sportswriter, the entire 50 as a fan, and a few back in “the day”... 

Get off your gluteus maximus and work that gluteus medius

When it comes to dynamic activity of the body, one of the most important muscles to keep in shape is the gluteus medius. The gluteus medius is a fan shaped muscle that attaches at the top of your hip and inserts to the outside of your femur. The primary purpose of this muscle is to “abduct”, or bring the leg out to the side of the body when the knee is straight. However, another purpose of... 

Spurrier bails out on Gamecocks’ sinking ship

Let me say this first so there’s no mistaking me for a hater: Steve Spurrier is, oops, was one of the greatest college football coaches ever. Not just in the SEC, where he rivals Bear Bryant’s all-time records, and not just in the modern era, because Spurrier is as old-school as they come these days. Now that that’s out of the way, Spurrier also happens to be a quitter. His sudden... 

10 things I learned during the first month of college football

I’m hearing that Aerosmith jingle in the back of my head, “I’m back in the saddle again…!” Fresh off a week-long trip with my kids to Disney World, it’s feels good to be back in the thick of things with the college football season now a month old. Especially with October football about to begin, which means no more cupcakes and the chance to finally see what some teams are made of after... 
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