Quick Tip to Fight those Shin Splints

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I know I know they are so annoying. They hurt every step but not bad enough to quit practicing because then you look like a chump, I get. Here is the key though; you have to keep them under control. You can’t do nothing and just hope that they go away, because they won’t.

How to Keep Them Contained.

Ice them

- No surprise here

- After practice put ice on them if there is any pain

Self Massage

- Stop being lazy and go get some baby oil and do some work

- Do this before bed

- They can be very painful so when you do it yourself you can manage the pain

- As soon as you feel them coming start massaging them

- All the painful places need to be worked out

Stretch

- After your nice massage give your calves a solid stretch

- A lot of shin splints come from the muscles being super tight

So What…

I see way to many people do nothing about their shin problems. You have to stay on it because it might be an everyday battle but you will eventually win the war if you do. My shin splints never last and I do this simple routine to keep it that way.  I hope this helps some people out.

(original image by Kurt Blomback)

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About Ian Warner

Ian is a 23 year old from Toronto, beginning his professional athletic career. He is the co-owner of Cover Ground, a blog that discusses all aspects to be a better athlete and the line that clothes them. Ian is very active on his Twitter account.
  • Martin

    Great article, Ian! Since ive read it ive been doing some massage, although hurts pretty bad.
    Also im sure that my problem is “to much too soon”, didnt do any sports last year and started 1 month ago with track and field. So this shit is killing me, but your page have been very helpful.

    • http://www.coverground.ca Ian Warner

      Ya like stick with the self massages man it will help you out so much. It is just those little things that you do everyday that will make the difference with it. Doing to much to soon is a big problem but lets be real every athlete has that problem. We think were are super heroes. Thank you for the read and the comments. It is much appreciated Martin.

  • AllisonK

    I would agree with your advice about shinsplints and add a few more tidbits. Check your footwear, are you in the right shoe for you? Orthotics can often help…even the off the shelf variety.
    And running surface. What are you running on? Changing your running surface can make a difference, or even alternating it.
    Thanks…love your site.

    • http://www.coverground.ca Ian Warner

      All great points to add to the article. Thank you for reading and thank you for the comment.

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