I see you all out there when the weather gets a little nicer, running and enjoying how good it feels to breathe in the fresh air while you get some exercise.
When you’re new to running or if you decide to double your normal distance or pace, then this cringe worthy issue called shin splints will most likely slow you down big time.
If this sounds like you then get excited because in today’s coaching I’m going to not only show you how to get rid of this dreaded problem, but also how to make sure it never comes back again!
WHAT CAUSES SHIN SPLINTS
Shin splints occur when too much tension is placed upon all the tissues of the lower leg, specifically the muscles of the calves and the anterior tibialis, (the piece of muscle running up the front of your shins). If you increase your speed or volume too quickly, or lack strength in certain parts of the lower leg, shin splints are pretty likely to follow.
HOW TO GET RID OF SHIN SPLINTS
When you go to run, it’s the tissue, (not the bone) that’s breaking down, causing this pain in the front of the shin. In order to combat this, we need to strengthen all of the tissue of the lower leg, specifically the tissue that controls ankle movement.
No equipment is needed so hit “play” on the video above and let’s get rid of those shin splints!
HOW TO PROGRAM THIS
This exercise can be done every single day, and even multiple times a day. Another great time to do this, is right before you go on your run. Think of it as like a primer for running, prepping all the tissue of the lower leg.
READY FOR MORE?
For even more of my favorite mobility exercises to bulletproof your body, click the link below where you can get my 3 must-have mobility moves for free. Once you try them, you’ll see why they’re my all-time favorite.
ABOUT COACH MATT PIPPIN
Matt is a Strength and Mobility Coach with over 15 years experience in his field. He's coached over a thousand professional, collegiate and everyday athletes with the goal to help them move, feel and perform at their highest level. CLICK HERE to learn more.
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Level 3: Fascial Stretch Specialist
Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach
Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
Level 1 Kinstretch Instructor
Weck Method Qualified