Shin pain is incredibly common in runners and most will suffer from some form of shin pain at some stage of their training.
Pain in the lower leg or “shins” can be caused for several reasons but the most common injury is often referred to as “Shin Splints.”
There are several different types of shin split and each form is diagnosed based predominantly on the location and nature of the pain.
For example, although pain at the front of the shin can be a type of “shin splint”, it may also be a more painful condition known as Tibilais Anterior Tendonitis.
However, by far the most common form experienced by runners, and the type to look at in more detail, is medial tibial stress syndrome.
As is the case with so many injuries, there are several potential causes of shin splints and medial tibial stress syndrome such as:
However, the major cause is muscular imbalance, particularly in the lower leg(s)
The “Overhead Squat” assessment is excellent at spotting possible muscular imbalances which could cause medial tibial stress syndrome.
Watch the Video above for more information and / or perform the “Overhead Squat” assessment to find out if you have muscular imbalance that could lead to injury.
All normal injury prevention guidelines must be followed to avoid being inflicted with this debilitating condition.
A sensible approach to training, wearing proper footwear and avoiding any sudden change in training patterns are essential to avoid your running programme being disrupted by lower leg pain and shin splints
Addressing muscular imbalances by using a foam roller, stretching and strengthening weak muscles are also key in prevention this condition and all other forms of shin splint.