Also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Shin Splints are a common condition for athletes, runners, tennis players and dancers. Shin splints is a pain that is located below the knee and along the shin bone, it can either be on the outside of the shin (anterior shin splints) or the inside (medial shin splints).
It presents itself as either a sharp pain or dull ache in one or both legs. Another signal for Shin Splints is a pain that increases after exercise or when you touch the area, the pain will decrease with more rest.
Shin Splints can be caused by a number of factors, the most common being a sudden increase to your training. If you don’t slowly build your training especially for seasoned runner’s who are constantly changing the amount of mileage they cover, you can put the muscles under extra strain when you fluctuate, upping your mileage too quickly. Other Causes are
-A lack of warming up
-Not getting enough rest
-Landing on hard surfaces
-Poor or ill-fitted footwear
-Tight/short achilles tendon
-Poor or incorrect technique
-Bio-mechanical issues with foot movement
-Previous injury affecting your moment pattern
If you have Shin Splints there are definitely things you can be doing to help your body recover quickly.