Shin splints…who has them? It seems I have had a lot of athletes lately suffering from these annoying pains! Now that it has been nice we have been out and running a bit more. It’s a shock to your body especially those shins. Lets talk about how to get them better and prevent it in the future.
1. Rest your body. It needs time to heal. That does not mean avoid the gym, that means sub rowing or biking for running. Double unders and jumping down from the box can really irritate them as well, so rest from those movements that hurt!
2. Ice your shin to ease pain and swelling. I am a true believer in using ice to heal. The best thing I did for my shins was ice massage. Buy little Dixie cups, fill them with water and freeze. Once solid, use them to massage your shin and areas around the shin. Do this until the ice is gone. Be consistent and you will be grateful!
3. Anti-inflammatory painkillers, like Ibuprofen, Advil, or Aspirin, will help with pain and swelling. Although some people do not like taking pain killers, there are plenty of homeopathic painkillers and anti-inflammatories as well.
4. Range-of-motion exercises, tap those toes and keep tapping to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
5. Compression sleeve to support and warm your leg.
6. Keep your calf rolled out and loose.
These are just a few things to get you started on the road to recovery from shin splints and avoiding them in the future. Enjoy the running today…at least those that aren’t suffering from shin splints
23 / April / 2014 Wednesday
4 rounds for time:
10 Power cleans (155/105)
20 Box jumps* (20/24)
*step ups can count as RX this WOD
Sport: Oly + WOD or before WOD EMOM for 10 min, 3 power cleans, build
to heaviest set of touch and go, starting at 65% of 1RM