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Chronic pain sufferers seek relief from symptoms

Everyone at one point in time has had a day in which they suffer pain, whether it be “tweaking” your back golfing, recovering from a recent knee replacement or stubbing your toe on the coffee table. Pain is natural and normal. It is your body’s way of alerting you to either actual or potential risk of tissue damage. Pain can be intermittent or constant, mild or debilitating, slightly annoying... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Confessions of a closet Kurt Busch fan

This week I’d like to say a few words about a guy no one has ever referred to – in my presence anyway — as their favorite driver. No one has ever spent half an hour gushing to me about his charitable endeavors, which for the record supports health care, education, career training and rehabilitation. No one has bored me by rehashing the hilarity of his sitcom cameo appearances (which never... 

Pulling no punches: Ali was and always will be ‘The Greatest’

One of the best things about living to see a new millennium was the chance to participate in so many “best of the century” lists. As a newspaper sports columnist when the calendar struck 2000, the media was using the event for all sorts of debates – most notably ESPN’s epic project to name the top 50 athletes of the 20th century. That’s easy, I thought, Muhammad Ali. I... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Splashing around in a different kind of pool

For the past couple of NASCAR seasons, my friend Tammy has said to me, “Every time I draw Tony Stewart in the race pool, my heart just drops.” That’s laugh-out-loud funny, but Tammy means it. She isn’t confident Stewart can bring home the win for her. No one has ever said anything like that to me about Martin Truex, Jr., but no one has ever jumped up and started doing the happy dance after... 

Spring, summer are peak seasons for sports injuries

For many people spring and summer mean one thing—time to get off of the couch and enjoy the sunshine. Many of us like to spend that time actively, whether hitting the beach for a game of volleyball, lacing up the running shoes  for a jog, or cleats for a game of softball.  We love to humble ourselves on one of our many golf courses, or challenge a friend in a tennis match for bragging rights. ... 

Cubs fans hoping next year is finally here

The opening day of baseball comes with high hopes for fans of the Chicago Cubs, which is nothing new for those of us who are used to losing with the Lovable Losers. For the past 108 years we have welcomed April with unseasonably warm optimism, convinced that “next year” is finally here and the baseball gods that have cursed us are about to smile on Wrigley Field. But this year is different.... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Doing the right thing pays in racing circles

Every Tuesday, my email gets clogged up with NASCAR press releases. Tuesday is the day that the team publicists send out things like driver stats for the upcoming race, a brief recap of the previous weekends race, and maybe a quote or two. No offense to the hard-working team folks, but these releases are normally the sort of the thing you glance over for half a second – just in case — and... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Racing to Broadway and Madison Avenue

It always interests me to learn more about how people view NASCAR from the outside looking in. Recently, I received a little correspondence on that very thing from a most unlikely source, when the script for a musical comedy – a country music comedy, to be specific – found its way onto my desk, all the way from New York City. I don’t want to get too specific because that wouldn’t be fair... 

Don’t let shoulder pain put a pinch in your lifestyle

Have you ever paid attention to how much you do with your shoulders on a daily basis? From putting on a shirt, doing your hair, playing fetch with your dog, lifting groceries out of the cart or reaching a book on the top shelf you are routinely and unconsciously using your arms and shoulders at a moments notice. It’s habit and it is our biological instinct – if you need to reach, lift, push,... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Racing’s March Madness comes in the fall

At the time of this writing, the four teams left standing are the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the Orange of Syracuse, the Villanova Wildcats, and whatever that fourth team is … oh yeah, the Oklahoma Sooners, which many bracketology “experts” predict will be changing their name to the Laters, despite the fact that they started the tournament as a number two seed. By the time some... 
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