September 28, 2016 | 2 minute read
Published in Active Meaningful Years
A shin splint is characterized by pain in the connective tissues associated with the muscles near the shin. You will usually feel tenderness and pain concentrated in the lower shin during exercise. The pain is usually bad enough that running can become impossible. Shin splints has derailed many competitive athletes, and can negate all of those hard earned miles!
Shin splits are among one of the most frustrating injuries an athlete can experience, and are often caused by:
The best way to avoid a shin split is to prevent them from happening in the first place. To do this:
If you are prone to developing shin splints, stretch your calves and Achilles regularly as a preventive measure. Adding shock absorbing insoles will also help to lessen the impact on your legs.
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