EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses what shin splints are, why they happen, how to treat them, and the best ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.
How To Get Rid Of Shin Splints
SHIN SPLINTS! What they are, what causes them, and how to prevent them.
- Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, have been plaguing running since it’s been cool.
- They can be caused by trying to run too much too soon, poor running mechanics, improper footwear, and a variety of other factors.
- What’s really interesting is the research suggests runners who have a greater range of motion in the hip and ankles have a higher incidence of getting shin splints.
- If you already have shin splints the best way to treat them is through rest or by adding shock absorbing insoles to your shoes.
- If you want to prevent them from happening to you in the first place be smart with your training (let your body gradually adapt to running) and choose proper and comfortable running shoes.
- Also, switch to a midfoot strike instead of a heel strike, and strengthen your anterior tibialis and hip adductors muscles through exercises like toe raises, reverse calf raises, deadlifts, and squats.