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Treatment and Prevention of Shin Splints

Tolbert, Timothy A PhD, ATC; Binkley, Helen M PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - pp 69-72
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181b94e3c
Columns: Flexibility and Rehab Tips

SHIN SPLINTS ARE AN OVERUSE INJURY OF THE LOWER LEG THAT AFFECTS A LARGE MAJORITY OF THE ATHLETIC POPULATION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COLUMN IS TO INTRODUCE THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL TO THE ETIOLOGY OF SHIN SPLINTS. STATIC STRETCHING TECHNIQUES WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED THAT WHEN INCLUDED AS PART OF A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM WILL HELP IN THE REHABILITATION OF ATHLETES SUFFERING FROM MEDIAL TIBIAL STRESS SYNDROME AND WORK AS A PREVENTATIVE EXERCISE FOR OTHERS.

Department of Health and Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Timothy A. Tolbert is the clinical coordinator of the athletic training education program at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.

Helen M. Binkley is an associate professor and athletic training education program director at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

© 2009 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association