Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Man Bear Pig, Nov 30, 2009.
My GF gets them bad and I was wondering what exercises she could do to prevent them. Ideas?
Running on hard pavement will aggravate/cause them. If that's what she's doing, tell her to run on the treadmill or a track instead...as far as exercises for them I've never heard of any, just wait it out til they're better.
iirc I read somewhere that shin splints is caused by your calf muscle being a lot stronger than the muscle in the front of your shin. I have no idea what you'd do about it though.
the best thing you can do to strengthen the muscles that cause shin splints is as follows:
While sitting in a chair, feet flat on the ground, perform a foot raise, only lifting the toes and arches off the ground - keeping heel contact on the ground. Perform 50+ reps a few times a day.
the more you do, the better.
edit just realized that's number 2 on the above list..
she runs a on a bark trail, but she is a heavy heel striker. I believe the heel striking is the major cause.
There you go. She should learn how to run.
If it's running, she's probably doing too much too soon or she's a beginner. They'll go away in time.
they suck man .. it feels like a weak ass way to bow out .. but ..
.. new shoes ..
.. calf raises helped a lot ..
.. elyptical machine works ..
.. time off of whatever triggered it ..
.. i got them a lot when i ran track .. the impact of the track made it worse .. and that was on spikes on a rubber track .. its debilitating as hell ..
I used to get them but I started doing some work to strengthen my tibialis anterior and they subsided pretty easily.
This is hard for some people, definitely for me who like to run, but running hard on consecutive days is not smart. 1-2 days and then you should have a rest day and either bike or swim.
I learned the hard way. Torn calf in March of this year = no running and barely walking for 12 weeks.
Time off is crucial and most people just don't realize that with running like lifting weights.