Cardio with Shin Splints

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    Aug 22, 2008 12:02 PM GMT
    I developed Shin Splints after playing Ultimate Frisbee this summer and haven't been able to shake them every since. I spend weeks healing up and they also seem to come back eventually.

    How can I continue to do cardio without my shin splints returning?
    How can I strength my shin muscles?

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    Aug 22, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    a remedy from my track days... asprin or ib profin and then in ur off time either a dixie cup filled with frozen water with the bottom cut off or bagged ice and rub the ice up and down ur shins. it will help and eventually send them away. also, get some dr scholls gellin, it will help with the impact of the ground to ur shins.
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    Aug 22, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    I got them too and it SUCKS!!! I run for a week or until I can no longer tolerate the pain and then I just switch to different cardio or cardio machine and it helps and surprisingly Bikram's Yoga has helped quite a bit; stretching!!!
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    Aug 22, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    Stretching is totally the key to not getting shin splints anymore. Unfortunately, it's hard to stretch that area of the leg. The best thing you can do is to sit on your heels with your knees all the way down to your toes touching the ground. Then, lean back. You should be able to feel a nice stretch in the front of your leg.

    It should look like this (minus the ponytail): shinStretch.jpg

    Hope this helps.
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    Aug 22, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    I stretch throughout the day like a maniac, I massage myself every chance I get (shut up), I do what Craigory123 suggests religiously, and I soak in a hot whirlpool after every workout. I have been shin-split free for 2 years.
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    Aug 25, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    In high school I ran cross country, and for awhile what I mistook as shin splints were actually hairline fractures (stress fractures) in my shin bones. If the problem doesn't seem to get better with rest, ice, and stretching, then I'd definitely consult a doctor. For cardio, maybe lay off the weight bearing exercises for awhile...try a bike or a rowing machine instead perhaps?