Shin Splints - Supplements and focus on RECOVERY

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    May 27, 2008 11:58 AM GMT
    Let's focus on recovery here...

    8 days ago I went running on hard concrete (I know now that this was an error) and now my shins are sore as all hell. I have since went out and bought a new pair of shows from New Balance.

    I have been icing my shins off on for 20 minutes.
    Lying down with my legs elevated and avoiding long walks.
    I gave myself a massage yesterday which I feel really helped.

    Are there any supplements I should be looking at?
    I'm continuing to take protein and my multi-vitamins.

    Cheers
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    May 29, 2008 11:24 AM GMT
    24 reads and no suggestions... hmmm... come on girls... we can do better.
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    May 29, 2008 12:14 PM GMT
    I have chronic shin splints too and no supplement has ever worked for me. The best advice my doctor gave was to stretch before and after running, soak in hot water - either a gym hot tub or preferably a long soak at home with a lot of Epson salt, and deep tissue or reiki massage. The massages, of course, can get expensive, but a 90 minute treatment, combined with the full body massage really does help, especially if you have a good therapist who knows how to massage the shins and calves.
  • GQjock

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    May 31, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    There really isn't any magic wand my man
    ... what you did was tear the thick band of tissue (fascia) away from the tibia (shin bone)
    it will repair itself
    icing will help also anti-inflammatories (Advil)
    drink plenty of water
    also massage lightly the muscle.. not the shin bone to the side of the shin
    this will help flush out the congestion in this muscle

    when you go running next time
    stretch the hell out of you calves and hamstrings
    this is what gave you the problem in the first place

  • groundcombat

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    Jun 02, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    Alec_Brandon said24 reads and no suggestions... hmmm... come on girls... we can do better.


    LOL. Sorry man. I read but had nothing for ya. I've had shin splints since Frosh year doing high school track. As far as recovery, the only thing anyone has ever told me is ice, ice, and more ice.
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    Jun 27, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    Check out a copy of Pete Egoscue's book "Pain free"- he has some great exercises for healing and preventing shin splints. You may also want to check out a weight training device called a DARD avail from power-systems.com and Q-fac.com. It is a device used to train the muscles next to your shin.
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    Jun 27, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Have you tried having a gait analysis done? I used to get terribe shin splints and then i went to a specialty shoe store and had this done. They put me in mizuno running shoes for pronators and bam, no more shin splints. I live and breath by these stores now. They are no more expensive then a regular shoe store either.
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    Aug 28, 2008 5:23 AM GMT
    Alec_Brandon saidLet's focus on recovery here...

    Are there any supplements I should be looking at?
    I'm continuing to take protein and my multi-vitamins.

    Cheers


    First, you're name sounds like a porn star name. ;^) [Just joking]

    Second, the only "supplement" I could suggest might be magnesium or the like, to make sure your electrolytes are in balance.
  • adventuresam

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    Sep 15, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    Shin splints is definitely a big problem when I run on concrete as well (but damn the sea wall around my place is too nice and I'm allergic to grass!).

    I've found like jjdayz that going to a good shoe store specific for runners and getting advice of their staff has helped me the most when it comes to shin splints. You should be changing your shoes close to every 6months depending on how much you run as well.

    I've tried Glucosamine Chondritin supplementation which is mostly for the lubrication of your joints (good for you knees) and that is somewhat helpful but not as much for shin splints.

    Let us know what you find works for you Alec!
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    Sep 16, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    Alec_Brandon saidLet's focus on recovery here...

    a new pair of shows from New Balance.




    what kind of new balance shoes did you get..and did you have your gaite checked to make sure you are buying the right support for your foot.. the wrong shoes can hurt

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    Sep 16, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    I saw an article on the front page of RealJock about a week ago; it advocated rolling oneself on a foam beam of some kind (I've seen guys at my gym roll themselves too) in order to loosen the muscles. Apparently, you can do it to prevent shin splits too. Check it out. I use that beam (whatever its called) and also tennis balls.
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    Sep 17, 2008 5:34 AM GMT
    give me ur email, i have a great paper on exercises and stuff explaining it and it's based on mtss medial tibia stress syndrome, check sp. good read and i dont have to deal with shin splint bull shit anymore