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Shin splints? Did you get your bums checked?


Dr. Ajit Mapari is a sports & exercise medicine consultant with more than 15 years of experience, and the founder of “Fit2Sport”, a sports specific fitness & performance enhancement company. He is the director at ISSRA (Integrated Sports Science Research Association) & IRBF (International Roll Ball Federation). He is a sports doctor to many renowned teams like Indian Tennis team at the Davis Cup, FC Pune City in Indian Super League, Dabang Delhi Kabaddi Club in Pro Kabaddi league. He was assigned by the ICC (International Cricket Council) as a DCO / Chaperon for the India-Australia ODI series 2013 & India – West Indies test match series 2013. His expertise includes injury prevention & management, sports specific fitness guidance and program execution.

Shin splints? Did you get your bums checked?

Many runners start noticing an acute pain in their shin bone during their training. They may also experience some tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner side of their shinbone or mild swelling in their lower leg. If you're experiencing the same trouble, then it is important to know that in the early stages, the pain stops when you stop exercising or running. However, if this issue is left unattended, it gradually progresses to a stress reaction that eventually leads to a stress fracture. A variety of causes are responsible for shin splints. More often than not, they occur in runners who have recently intensified or changed their training routines. The increased activity overworks the muscles, tendons and bone tissue.

Sometimes, in your overenthusiasm, you might want to achieve too much too soon against your trainer's instructions. Pain on account of shin splints gets aggravated with inappropriate footwear.

If the regular line of treatment like rest, icing, and painkillers doesn't work, get your muscle imbalances checked. Some runners have a tighter muscle group or weakness in some muscles of the lower limbs which go unnoticed until you land with a shin pain. If these muscles don't work in harmony, you might be dealing with an injury including shin pain. This might include the iliotibial band (ITB) or your gluteus (bum). It may sound surprising, but it is true! Get your bums checked if you feel pain in your shin bone.

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