I was talking to a friend yesterday, asking her when she was come out running with me and another friend. Her response was that she wanted to but that she was currently suffering from Shin Splints and didn't know what to do. So it dawned on me that maybe some of you were suffering from similar problems. I used to get them in highschool during soccer season, but my coach showed me some ways to stretch out my lower leg muscles, and I haven't had shin splint pain ever again!
By definition a Shin Split is pain along your shin bone (tibia), the pain is caused by an overload on the shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to your bone.
There are many treatments for a Shin Splint, such as rest, ice, over-the-counter pain meds (which I don't like suggesting meds ever, but just in case), wearing proper shoes (its amazing how shoes can make a huge difference) and arch supports might help as well.
But what do you do to prevent one? There are some stretches you can do! Here is a great Youtube clip! Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv6ycmOWnq0
Lesson: Don't let a shin split prevent you from running, but be aware of the pain and if it gets worse consult a Doctor because it could be a stress fracture!
Rocking Out to: Body Language by Jesse McCartney