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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... 

October is National Physical Therapy Month

The weather is beginning to cool, football is in full gear and the leaves are starting to change, fall has officially come to the Grand Strand! You’re likely preparing for the holiday fiasco that is the final quarter of the year when in one moment you are helping your kids and grandkids into their ghoulish costumes and then before you know it you’re making a mad dash to the Thanksgiving table,... 

Mel Derrick lived a full life and left a lasting impression

The first time I met Mel Derrick was a like a cross between a visit to grandpa’s and a police interrogation. He knew everything about me before I knew hardly anything about him as he quizzed me on every detail of my life. It sort of made sense since I was the new guy at The Sun News, but I later learned that’s just Mel. He could strike up a conversation with a total stranger and pick... 

10 things I learned from the opening weekend of college football

The opening weekend of college football produced little in the way of exciting finishes. But there were some moments. Oh yes, there were so fun finishes with many more to come when the games get better and more meaningful. In the age of social media, we’re all instantly quick to judge our teams, players and coaches and after just one game, quarter or even a single series. However, there’s still... 

Am I allowed to walk? Yes, even if you are a runner

Let’s face it, it’s been hot and humid this summer! It’s been downright unbearable at times and yet, I still see you out there getting your run in. Sometimes I’ve even seen you walking. Have you ever had someone ask how far you ran and find yourself answering like this, “I ran 4 miles today, well, I mean, I ran 3 miles and walked a half mile and then I ran the rest... 

Coastal’s giant leap to Sun Belt a long time in the making

It was exactly 20 years ago this month that I moved to Myrtle Beach to cover Coastal Carolina University athletics for the local daily newspaper. I remember my first trip to campus like it was, well, about 20 years ago. That seems about right, especially in light of the school’s impending announcement that it is joining the Sun Belt Conference. They grow up so fast. My predecessor on the... 
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