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My Brain on NASCAR: New season brings new fears for fans

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a scary movie. When it comes to frightening incidents, unpredictable plot twists and surprise endings, Stephen King has nothing on NASCAR. I was terrified. The first and most obvious fear factor for me – and I suspect I’m not alone in this – was the return of Dale... 

Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t have to be a real pain in the foot

You wake up in the morning and attempt to get out of bed to go make breakfast. Then, out of nowhere during your very first step of the day, you experience a sharp shooting pain in the bottom of your foot.  This may be followed by a tightness or cramping feeling that follows you throughout the day.  If you’re saying to yourself, “that sounds really familiar!” Then you may have... 

Fantastic finishes make 2016-17 sports season best year ever

Wow! That’s all I can say after the wild overtime finish to Super Bowl LI. And while I hate to make any rash statements while I’m still in a state of bewilderment, I think it’s safe to say that the 2016-17 season was the greatest in major American sports history. And when I say “American sports,” I’m talking about the ones we rule – professional and college... 

Ranking the talent-rich ACC is a real toss-up

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a mess this season. A spectacular, exciting, amazing mess – but a mess nonetheless. The Duke Blue Devils are in 10th place in the conference yet are somehow probably one of the 10 best teams in the entire country. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are alone in first place in the conference standings, yet they are staring up at as many as three other ACC teams... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Back-flipping Edwards makes safe landing

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, sporting a collared short and blazer rather than his trademark No. 99 Toyota logo-wear, Carl Edwards announced his retirement from full-time NASCAR competition. The language was clear enough, but exactly what it meant is still to be determined. Even the official Joe Gibbs Racing press release issued immediately after the press conference said that Edwards has “stepped away,”... 

GSSR contributor Beachum makes fantasy football HOF

(Editors Note: Grand Strand Sports Report contributor Joel Beachum was elected to the Toyota Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Friday. The following is his story about how and why he went from a newcomer to a Hall of Famer in one decade.) I have always been a huge football fan – high school, college and professional. I probably would have played high school football had I not been 4-foot-11 and... 

Getting hip to new treatments for hip pain

Hip pain can arise from different causative factors.  Your hip pain can, in fact, becoming from the hip joint itself, such as a degeneration condition, fracture, or capsular tear; or it could be coming from a musculotendinous condition around the joint itself. Even further, it could be referred pain from a joint disorder in the lower lumbar spine, a disc herniation/disc bulge, or compression of... 

The rib bone’s connected to the…

Our rib cage is a very complex unit involved in allowing for proper breathing mechanics as well as protection of vital organs. The rib cage is constantly moving which can lead to pain if one or more ribs stop moving in sync with the other ribs. Rib dysfunction is often overlooked in the diagnosis of mid back and chest pain and many people live with abnormal rib function for weeks to years without... 

This Cubs fan’s faith restored with World Series win

I was beginning to wonder whether I would ever get the chance to write this column. After all, my grandfather died at the age of 90, lived through two World Wars, two Roosevelt and Bush Administrations, two flybys from Halley’s Comet, and zero Chicago Cubs championships. After 108 years of futility, the math and universe appeared stacked against a World Series win. Then came Wednesday night/Thursday... 

Hurricane Matthew puts sports world in proper perspective

I am writing this from my back porch on a perfect autumn night by moon and candle light. No electricity. No WiFi. Spotty cell phone reception. County-wide curfew with nothing to do, all thanks to last weekend’s unwelcome visit from Hurricane Matthew. The combination of darkness and silence sharpen the senses: Ashes crackle in my fire pit and give off an oaky aroma of sticks that were still... 
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