Shin splints happen when there are small tears in the muscles around your shinbones. You might feel a tight aching pain that fades after a warmup or after you stop working out. It can feel painful and tender to the touch. Shin splints are common among new runners and those returning after an extended layoff, and after building up mileage too quickly. Overpronation, calf tightness, running on cambered (arched) roads, and wearing worn-out running shoes can also lead to shin splints.
What to do: When you feel the first twinges of pain, rest, most athlete try and train through this overuse injury making things worse. Then slowly get back into working out. If the pain continues you should see a physio or doctor for a assessment to look at possible biomechanical causes that need to be addressed and for help with treatment and to speed up recovery. The easiest and best way to avoid shin splints is to increase mileage gradually, run on soft surfaces as much as possible, and make sure your shoes offer the fit that your feet need.
Safe alternatives: Cycling, pool running, and swimming. (Avoid the elliptical trainer.)
If you have an injury or need help with you shin splints call Hoys Physio for help