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CUFreeze
09-06-2010, 09:09 AM
Anyone have any advice for dealing with shin splints? It is really effecting my boxing, running and basketball workouts. It has been like this for a couple of weeks now and I can't seem to get rid of them.

THanks!

josh-hill
09-06-2010, 09:24 AM
hey man. i think with any injury take some time out. if you try to push through it you will exagerate the injury and make it worse. take a few weeks off for it to heal before going back. any idea what caused them? i presume you do lots of running. if so invest in some realy good running shoes. ive never had the money to get a good pair but i know that many people swear by them.

dannnnn
09-06-2010, 09:34 AM
I used to get these, although I can't remember what I actually did to cure them. Do a bit of research, I'm pretty sure using either cold or hot (can't remember which) packs on your shins when you're resting will help. A period of complete rest (a few weeks) is probably the most advisable thing.

Make sure you're wearing good quality footwear, that was key for me, I always wear two pairs of socks now too for extra cushioning. I do all my running on concrete and I don't get them anymore thankfully.

ScottDBA
09-06-2010, 10:26 AM
Look into barefoot/minamalist style running. Don't have to run barefoot if you don't want it's just a technique of running where you land on the ball of your foot instead of the heel.

I started a few months ago and haven't had any problems with shin splints since then.

T.Horton
09-06-2010, 10:50 AM
one thing that we tend to forget while training is to make sure our shoes are done up - tight - from the bottom to the very top islets (holes). Ice and tight shoes (and a day or two off which has been suggested.

Good luck.

hugh grant
09-06-2010, 11:13 AM
I feel im getting shin splints by jumping rope. Should i wear cross trainers or running shoes to jump rope?

Chip2006uk
09-06-2010, 11:18 AM
Like others have said make sure your running shoes are suited to you, everybody has different feet and if you get the wrong pair, even if they are expensive as hell they will just make your condition worse, and you probably develop new pains and aches.

Also take some time out to let them heal, I had shin splints a few months ago, I took some time off running, got a new pair of running shoes for my bday and now I dont have the same problems, although now Im getting knee problems instead.....

I feel im getting shin splints by jumping rope. Should i wear cross trainers or running shoes to jump rope?

I forgot to say, stop doing so much skipping aswell until your shins are healed, skipping really aggravated mine even when I wasnt doing much running.

And Hugh Grant its best to wear normal gym shoes for skipping instead of running shoes

Jakutindi Wauya
09-06-2010, 11:34 AM
Anyone have any advice for dealing with shin splints? It is really effecting my boxing, running and basketball workouts. It has been like this for a couple of weeks now and I can't seem to get rid of them.

THanks!
I have them too,you need to see a specialist who will monitor your running and give advice.

paulsinghnl
09-06-2010, 01:14 PM
hey man, i've had shin splints, reason being that my calf muscles were too tight. so i had to stretch those.

whatever the reason, u need to rest them up man. shin splints are because of too much pressure on ur shins. u need to stretch ur leg muscles and give them time to heal. whenever ur resting, put ur legs up, let them rest up.

good way to stretch ur calf muscles: stand close in front of a wall. put ur toes up high against the wall as flat as u can (facing the ceiling) with the heel touching the floor. now as ur heel is as close to the wall as possible, try to stand as close to the wall as u can. u should start to feel a stretch in ur calfs. but do it slowly, don't wanna rip anything..

hope it makes sense. good luck bro.

hugh grant
09-06-2010, 02:51 PM
I forgot to say, stop doing so much skipping aswell until your shins are healed, skipping really aggravated mine even when I wasnt doing much running.

And Hugh Grant its best to wear normal gym shoes for skipping instead of running shoes

Normal gym shoes are cross trainers right? I would think for skipping you would need more cushioning on the toes area.

mushahadeen
09-06-2010, 02:53 PM
Anyone have any advice for dealing with shin splints? It is really effecting my boxing, running and basketball workouts. It has been like this for a couple of weeks now and I can't seem to get rid of them.

THanks!

I used to get them really, really bad. But I kept pushing through and eventually they just went away. I never get them anymore.

But yours could be injury-related.

Shambleton
09-06-2010, 03:07 PM
You need the minimum of 2 weeks rest, and try and run at least half of the time on grass. It's unusual that you would just get this out of the blue, have you just started a new exercise or changed your routine lately? If so try and ease yourself into your new training regime as going in hard straight away is nearly always the reason for shin splints.

There is tons of shin splint threads in here. Mainly because people new to boxing think they can pound the pavements for five miles when they barely ever do any exercise. It takes quite a while to get to this level. Even then you have to be careful how you run and what footwear you use.

The earlier comment from the guy about barefoot running is also true, I've not tried but I have read studies by people who say that running barefoot is much better for your joints and bones because you don't try and run so hard and slam your foot down when you land. Obviously most people don't want to run in a city with no shoes so just make sure you wear a decent pair of running shoes, it makes a world of difference from running in regular shoes.

Hope this helps.

Lorily
09-06-2010, 03:29 PM
hey man, i've had shin splints, reason being that my calf muscles were too tight. so i had to stretch those.

whatever the reason, u need to rest them up man. shin splints are because of too much pressure on ur shins. u need to stretch ur leg muscles and give them time to heal. whenever ur resting, put ur legs up, let them rest up.

good way to stretch ur calf muscles: stand close in front of a wall. put ur toes up high against the wall as flat as u can (facing the ceiling) with the heel touching the floor. now as ur heel is as close to the wall as possible, try to stand as close to the wall as u can. u should start to feel a stretch in ur calfs. but do it slowly, don't wanna rip anything..

hope it makes sense. good luck bro.

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And, you can also stretch your shins by standing up against the wall, put both hands on the wall with one foot flat (about 2 feet away from the wall) and the other foot stretched all the way back.... then take the foot that's all the way back and point the toe towards the ground and stretch forward. You can feel the pull in the shin, slowly push down with your knee. You should alternate between stretching the calf and the knee. Ice helps too to take the swelling down. After your shin splints heal (you should let them heal before you start running again) it is very important to do these stretches before you start running.
Good luck.
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alza1988
09-06-2010, 04:44 PM
Anyone have any advice for dealing with shin splints? It is really effecting my boxing, running and basketball workouts. It has been like this for a couple of weeks now and I can't seem to get rid of them.

THanks!

These are brilliant for them mate .I defintley recommend you to buy these and replace your old insoles
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T.Horton
09-06-2010, 04:45 PM
Forgot about the exercises - though I do have a tendency to do a similar stretch after I run with or without shin splints.