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Earth Day serves as a wake-up call to the Grand Strand

You ever play Trivial Pursuit and get one of the Sports & Leisure questions you know you can knock out of the park because you are a sports fan? Ninety-nine percent of the questions are sports-related, then you get that 1 percent curve ball like “What goes in a Cuba Libra?” or “How many face cards are in a deck?” Those are the “leisure” questions that stump sports... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Call me crazy but I miss Kyle Busch

There’s a new entry in my “Four Words You Never Thought You’d Hear in NASCAR” journal. They are “I miss Kyle Busch.” Among my circle of friends, acquaintances and random people who just feel the need to give me their opinions on racing, this succinct sentence has been repeated so many times that it has actually gone viral. There are lots of reasons to miss Kyle Busch. When he was... 

Heroes in the water, this picture is getting framed

Working with Grand Strand Sports Report, I take a lot of pictures. From basketball games, to soccer, to swimming, to running, to surfing, you get the idea. I would estimate that in a year, I take nearly 4000 pictures. Of course, only a very few get used. The rest go in a folder in case we need them later. Most of these pictures look nearly identical; an athlete dribbling the ball down the court, or... 

Tarsal tunnel is to the feet as carpal tunnel is to hands

I get this response frequently from my patients.  Almost everyone is familiar with their carpal tunnel as it seems either they or someone in their family suffers from or has had surgery to correct that all too familiar condition that has exploded directly proportional to the use of computers and the transition to a “paperless” society.   Tarsal tunnel is it’s long lost relative, affecting... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Are Gordon and Tiger spinning their wheels?

During the week of June 18, 2007, I publicly cracked what has gone down in local lore as one of the worst jokes ever spoken aloud on the radio. It went something like this: Within the past couple of days, Tiger Woods and Jeff Gordon both became first-time fathers. Tiger’s new daughter is named Sam, and Gordon’s little girl is named Ella. So I guess you could say the professional sports world has... 

Health & Fitness: IT Band Syndrome a major pain for runners

lliotibial (IT) band syndrome is a common overuse injury experienced by runners and active adults. It typically presents as a painful area on the outside of the knee that can be tender to touch and often increases in pain with activity. The IT band begins along the hip crest where the tensor fasciae latae and gluteus maximus muscles join to form this tendinous band. The band then tracks over the hip,... 

My 10 predictions for the Sweet 16/Elite Eight

It’s been a long week. Mostly because I’ve begun to have trouble sleeping. Nerves have fully set-in with Kentucky remaining undefeated and of course still alive as the hunted in the Sweet 16, which gets going tonight and continues tomorrow. I didn’t expect it nor do I think it’s possible for a team to go 40-0 in my lifetime. And still don’t, even with the Cats on the cusp at 36-0. Sure, I... 

Sky is the limit for ‘new and improved’ Johnson

Dustin Johnson’s roller coaster career reached an apex with Sunday’s win at Doral. For Grand Strand golf fans who have been rooting for him through his high and low points, let’s hope it’s all uphill from here. The former Coastal Carolina University two-time All-American and Myrtle Beach resident recently returned to the PGA Tour after a six-month hiatus. Just five events into... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Hamlin-Patrick feud sweet as honey

The opportunity to talk about my favorite incident of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season so far passed me by when Joey Logano won his first-ever Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. A number of celebrated Cup Series champions – including Rusty Wallace, Terry and Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski – have never won the 500, so when Logano succeeded where they have failed, it was big news... 

Brian Vickers: Out of the Tunnel and Back on Track

Watching Brian Vickers go about his business at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8 was, for me, the happiest NASCAR moment of the season so far. Over the past few years and even the past several weeks we have talked a lot about NASCAR’s various recovery and reinstatement guidelines and programs, most notably in the cases of AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch. Allmendinger is a success story and I personally... 
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