In running and coaching, you hear it a lot. My shins are hurting! In fact this past year my fellow coach and I heard more times than not. Most of the kids experience it because of increasing their distance too fast, not doing enough summer running to build up their bones and muscle in the legs, and so on. Unfortunately there is never much I can say to our athletes…the most common answers being: ice with dixie cups (running up and down the shins) and stretching. Other than that, running on the grass/dirt rather than concrete and/or roads can help. And as a last option if it gets that bad doing cross training. Ideally though we hope the kids can run through it and have the pain/swelling go away and not get any worse.
However, I just came upon this video from a chiropractor that I highly recommend watching. Every runner should! It’s straight from Runner’s World Magazine. Take a view…
Shinsplints are a common ailment that afflicts many runners. In this video Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, a New York City based sports medicine physician, shows you how to recognize the difference between Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Tibial Spine Pain, and Exertional Compartment Syndrome as well as techniques to effectively treat each problem and how to prevent them from returning.
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Metzl is an accomplished marathoner and triathlete. His newest book, The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies, has more than 1000 tips to fix all types of injuries and medical conditions.
What have you done to remedy your own shin splints?!