Shin Splints

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    Dec 31, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    Over the past couple of months, I have taken up running, as a major contributor to my cardio regimen. I try to hit the treadmill at the gym, for at least 40 minutes daily, at a decent speed.

    My problem is, that after only a few days of this, I am hit with major "shin splint pain," generally limited to the area at the front of my legs between the knees and ankles. It gets so bad, it can even be hard to walk normally. I thought I was doing a good job of stretching before taking a run, but maybe I'm not. Maybe it's the shoes.

    I was hoping you could possibly help me figure what I could do, to make the pain go away. I love to run, but this is posing a major roadblock! Please help!
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    Dec 31, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    Hey there, Haute, I had the same problem when I started. I ended up working with a physical therapist who used a combination of massage, some sort of ultrasound, and conditioning exercises to get me back on the road. Until my knees gave out. Good luck! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 31, 2007 11:38 PM GMT
    This topic was covered pretty well here http://www.realjock.com/topic/31874/ with all kinds of advice.
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    Jan 04, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    Hey, guys..

    Thanks for taking the time to reply.

    The info was really helpful.

    Now, it's back to the gym, for even MORE cardio! icon_smile.gif

    Take Care,

    Jeff
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    Jan 04, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    I had the worst time with shin splints and eventually ended up getting extremely painful stress fractures in both of my legs.

    I found that changing my running for helped alot. make sure you land on the middle of your foot, not the heel. your knee should have a bend in it to absorb some of the shock. When you land your next effort should be to return your knee to your hip area. Running is really about balance transfer and leaning forward.

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    Jan 31, 2008 12:23 PM GMT
    When I was running (I'm temporarily sidelined with plantar fasciitis), I would occasionally suffer with shin splints. I stretched, had good Asics, blah-blah. No permanent solution.

    I read somewhere that it might be caused by a muscle imbalance in the leg. Weak shin muscles, in other words, with strong quads and hamstrings. So I started weight training my shins in addition to the stretches, and voila, shin splints were gone in about 2 weeks. Never came back.

    Here's a link to animated illustrations on how to stretch and do weight training for the "Tibialis Anterior." Good luck!

    http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/CalfWt.html#anchor1929502