Shin Splints: What Causes Them and Why Do They Happen?

Shin Splints.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome.

A literal pain in your shins…

Take your pick of names.

Because whatever you call them, they're really, really, annoying

And sometimes, they take a really, really long time to completely go away.

If you've ever had them, even for a week, then you know.

If you've unfortunately had them longer, then you're well aware of the frustration, discouragement, overwhelm, and nagging physical pain they cause. It can get so bad, it can have a wild impact on your mental health (I've seen it).

The worse part: shin splints seem to have a mind of their own; staying calm and chill during base building and easy runs just in time to barge back in again right when it’s time to start turning up the intensity.

How come? Who invited them to the running-party, anyway?

What are they?

And why the heck do they hurt so badly?

We'll be doing a deep dive into those questions in this week's blog post (except for the one about inviting them to the party, because they're not. Sorry, not sorry.)

In fact, because shin splint season is well upon us (at least for me in the physical therapy clinic), we're going to de-mystify shin splints in a 4 part series so you're never left without answers again.

Because in the clinic, I've seen the havoc these can play on your track season or on your upcoming marathon plans.

So let's get tools and resources into your hands so you can feel confident, strong, and resilient again when it's time to turn up the heat during your training cycle.

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