Shin splints is a general phrase used to describe a painful condition in the lower legs, shin splints is often caused by impact sports such as running.
The most common cause of shin splint pain is inflammation. Bones have a protective outer layer known as the periosteum and the thin layer surrounding the tibia becomes inflamed as a result of repetitive impact or other stresses placed upon it.
Shin splints is a vague term, frequently used by runners, to describe pain felt in the general area of the shin. The pain may begin as a nagging ache but will be exacerbated by running or jumping and can develop into a more noticeable, significant pain if left untreated.
Shin splints are a painful condition affecting the bone tissue and the thin membranes surrounding the tibia, commonly referred to as the shin bone. At best, the inflammation causing the pain will respond well to appropriate treatment and a short period of rest.
It’s generally accepted that in terms of competitive running, the fastest runners are the most efficient runners. It’s also known that biomechanically efficient runners at all levels are much less susceptible to running related injuries.
When trying on new shoes. Lack of support and cushioning can also lead to shin splints so shoes designed for the type of running you intend to do are essential.
Static warm up stretches alone aren’t enough to prevent shin splints but taking the time to thoroughly warm up all of the muscles involved in running can be very beneficial in terms of helping to prevent many overstress, running related injuries. A progressive series of active stretches, known as drills, after a gentle warm-up jog can make all the difference - and they can be a lot of fun.
If the soft tissue around your shin area becomes painful to touch it’s a good indicator of muscular shin splints causing inflammation
“I didn’t run at all for nine months and I’ve been really careful to start again sensibly with a walk/jog programme so how come my shins are giving me jip?” she complained when I met up with her for a BabyJogger training session.