Weisenfeld further explains that when we run on hard surfaces and/or have shoes with insufficient padding, the front muscles may tighten up with each step to brace against the jolt and to keep the shock from spreading throughout the leg, hip, and spine. The muscles are thus overworking with every step. In addition, the front muscles may tighten up to provide additional stability to the foot. Also, over striding may cause shin splints.
The following stretches are recommended by Weisenfeld for shin splints (he has pictures to illustrate them). The stretches are illustrated in my stretching pictures page (see left-margin bar).
- Foot press
- Inner and outer thighs
- Leg lift
- Wall pushups
- Furniture lift
- Leg lifts
Here is a nice article on shin splints. Here is another article.
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