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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

3 tips for shin splints

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Otherwise known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), this condition is relatively common in runners & can be quite incapacitating. So here are our top 3 tips:

  1. Strong calves: it's common to see those with MTSS possess inadequate calf strength. If that's you then hit the weights & load them up, don't just perform bodyweight raises! This heavier load helps to first improve calf strength & secondly improve the bone strength of the tibia (shin).

  2. Jump! Regular small bursts of plyometric exercises. These small amounts of high load can be great to develop bone strength in the shin. Start with jumping & perform 10 jumps on the spot, then 10 side to side, 10 backwards and forwards, then 10 diagonal. With improving pain levels this can be progressed to hopping. Perform once per day.

  3. Reduce running volume &/or intensity: changes may need to be made to your running distances &/or speeds to keep the pain at a manageable level

👋Runners, if you are suffering from shin pain, don't hesitate to reach out to us!


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