The sun is out, the weather's warm, and in a month or so you're going to be parading around the beach nearly naked. Time to shed that winter weight. So you start running. But lo! Just as you start getting results, you also get pain. In your shins. It's bad.
Shin splints are one of the most common running and sports injuries, and they can really knock you off your routine. Luckily, with one simple exercise, you can kill your shin splints. Here's how to send them to hell, where they belong.
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First off, what are shin splints? The medical name for them is medial tibial stress syndrome. They're a result of fatigue and inflammation in the muscle tissue in the front of your leg and the posterior peroneal tendon (and/or the posterior tibial tendon). Pain usually occurs around the front, outer side of your tibia (shin bone). It's generally considered to be an overuse injury, and it's incredibly common. What most people don't realize is just how insanely easy it is to treat.
Back when I first started fixing my knees, my physical therapist had me do some very light running on a treadmill. After just a few sessions, I started getting shin splints, and they sucked. I thought it meant I had to stop. Nope. My doc said, "I'm going to give you one exercise routine that you're going to do once a day, and the shin splints will be gone within the week." Sounded like bullshit to me. But, to my amazement, he was absolutely right. Here's how you do it.