March 26, 2004, Newsletter Issue #179: Shin Splints? Ouch!

Tip of the Week

The first three tips help absorb the impact (which is what causes shin splints) - the last tip is preventative.

1. Make sure you have really, really good shoes. Crosstrainers always work best for me.

2. Get arch supports. They slip into your shoes and work great. You can get them at any sports supply store.

3. Work out on the softest surface possible. Are you working out on hardwood floors? Can you do it on carpet?

4. Stretch your shins before working out. Push against a wall with your hands like your trying to push it over. As you do this, straighten one leg, then the other, keeping your feet flat on the ground, stretching your calf. When that`s done, sit down and stretch your feet with your hands, so the toes point out. You`ll feel the stretch in your shin.

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