How to Prevent (and Recover from) Shin Splints

Original Article : How to Prevent (and Recover from) Shin Splints
by : MapMyRun
From : MapMyRun.com

If you’re a runner, you’ve probably suffered from them. Shin splints are the most common injury from which runners suffer, according to studies. (Also on that list is plantar fasciitis, which we addressed in this recent piece.) If you are one of the many athletes who deals with them on a regular basis, you know how problematic they can be.

Luckily, there are ways to treat — and even prevent — the painful affliction to keep you running longer and stronger. We sat down with two experts to get more details about shin splints, including why they happen and how to avoid them in the first place.

What are Shin Splints?

The scientific name is medial tibial stress syndrome. The physical experience is a dull pain in your shin bones that just doesn’t seem like it’s going away. The culprit isn’t your shin bones at all — shin splints are actually emanating from the muscles of your lower leg. These muscles are attached to the lining of the shin bone, and in order for them to work, they must contract and pull on that lining.

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