Cause of shin splints when running

Cause of shin splints when running

When you first start out running, you will most likely endure the most common pain that every runner experiences at least once in their running career.   What are the causes of shin splints and how to treat it?

Shin splints are usually associated with sports that involves a lot of running.  It’s the sudden shock of repeated pounding of the legs on the pavement and constant change in direction that is the cause of the problem.   When the muscles and tendons in the legs become fatigued, it loses it’s ability to absorb the damaging impact force. If the tendons do not absorb fast enough it causes shin splints.

Other runing activities that might cause your shin splints:

  • Running on concrete.  You can run safely on either grass or asphalt.
  • Running on uneven ground.  You should run on evenly paved ground.
  • Running after taking an extended break.   You should maintain your running stamina even though you take a break.  Take time out of our schedule and run 5-10 minutes.
  • Increasing running intensity or duration too quickly.  You should gradually run faster or longer over a few weeks.
  • Running with shoes that don’t fit or uncomfortable.  You need to find shoes that match the needs of your feet.
  • Running uphill or downhill.   You need to do hill training but ensure that you alternate your running trails, and goals.

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