A few weeks back, I was in a Mastermind meeting in Las Vegas.
One of the 40 people who attended was Bayo Adio.
I had never met Bayo in person, but he has been a fan of EFI for years. All of my writing and videos have helped him and his clients. When we finally met during the Mastermind meeting, Bayo asked me a question that he often gets from his clients. I thought the answer to his question would help you as well.
2 Mistakes People Make When Trying to Fix Shin Splints
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Rick Kaselj, MS
Bayo Adio: One of the questions that I get asked about a lot is shin splints, especially with runners or new clients that I get.
One of my friends, Rick Kaselj, is an injury expert whom I have been following for years for tips on how to fix shoulder pain, back pain, and knee pain. He is going to give us just a few tips on how to actually help us manage our shin splints.
Rick Kaselj: Hey, I am Rick Kaselj. I specialize in overcoming injuries and pain.
For those people who are doing boot camps or have started running, a really common injury that occurs is Shin Splints.
People often think that they should be doing specific exercises for shin splints, but often there are two other things that people avoid or don’t do that are important when it comes to overcoming shin splints.
A. Focus on those Shin Splints specific exercises.
B. You need to look at other things that you are doing in your life that could be making your shin splints worse.
The two things that you are most likely to do are:
- Look to see if you have the right shoes or if your shoes are old. This will increase your risk and make your shin splints worse.
- Are you putting unnecessary load on your lower body throughout the rest of the day? Meaning, if I am running, all of a sudden I am putting more stress on my lower body by running. For instance, I haven’t ran for quite some time and then all of a sudden I started to get back to running. Now throughout the day, if I spend a lot of time standing or doing a lot of lower body exercises, all of that is compounding in the lower body and leading to more pain and more likelihood of getting shin splints. Do what you can. If you are focusing on running in your bootcamp or for running a race, try to decrease how much leg work and standing that you will be doing throughout the day. That will decrease the stress on your legs and help you recover from your shin splints.
Instead of looking at the shins, look at the calves and the soleus. The shins are on the front of the lower leg. Look at your calves and soleus and make sure that you have stretched them out, you have good flexibility in them, and that you are foam rolling them out. If those muscles are good and long and they are not tight, that puts less stress on the shin splints. Often, the muscles in the shins have to work harder to overcome those tight calf and soleus muscles.
There you go. Keep doing your shin splints specific exercises but make sure to add those two other things because they will definitely help you accelerate your recovery from shin splints and also help fend off shin splints for good.
If you want more information about me, my name is Rick Kaselj. Swing by ExercisesForInjuries.com and enter in your injury or pain. There is a good chance that I have an article, a video or an interview that will help you overcome your pain.
I cover shin splints as one of the injuries but I also cover all kinds of injury topics. Give those a go and let me know how it goes down below with a comment or a question. That’s it!
Bayo Adio: There you have it. Thank you so much, Rick!
Rick Kaselj: You are welcome!
Bayo Adio: Thank you so much for sharing that information. Alright, see you guys soon. Bye!
Rick Kaselj, MS
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