Shin Splints : An Athlete’s Nightmare

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By Pallavi Sharma

I will not make the grave mistake of considering myself an “athlete”. Running 3 to 4 miles everyday does not put me under the category of a “runner” but I LOVE running! I love the waves of emotions that are created when the cool early morning wind brushes against my skin, when the first whiff of the fresh air travels through my veins and purifies me from within and when I am beyond judgement and have not a care in the world about who I am or what I do. It’s just me and the road, naked in front of each other, there are no games and I am myself!

I cannot trade that feeling for anything in the world, which is why I expect my body to stay in good shape to assist me in being able to keep up my passion. But alas! Considering my intense “three times a day” workout regime does result in some serious overuse of those poor muscles. Just a month back, I attended one of the intense aerobics classes and boy was it good! I must say I got a wonderful workout, but the side-effect of those jumpy movements was severe pain in the shin bone of my left leg, and the muscles surrounding it. The area was inflamed and would hurt acutely if I indulged in any kind of a physical activity. However, my addiction for working out daily would pull me back to the mat/treadmill/the road and I would keep going regardless of the discomfort.

Alright, so we all know what comes next! Oh wait, my bones did not break 🙂 Two mornings later as I woke up from my bed and took the first step, in seconds I spiraled down, back to my bed. I could not even take a step ahead due to the excruciating pain. So I sat there thinking of a solution. I somehow made it to the refridgerator by limping my way through and applied some ice to the affected area. I also made it a point to massage the muscles with a chinese balm. In matter of minutes, the pain gradually subsided and I found myself in a much better place. For the next one week, I decided to focus on yoga only which helped me tremendously in stretching out the muscles of my legs and reducing inflammation and pain. In a week, my legs felt healthy and strong again and I was back on track with my running shoes on! Yay!

So all you runner’s out there, take some time off to nurse your injuries. Here’s a great article by a Mayo Clinic staff which I would like to share with all of you. It explains in great detail the symptoms and cure for shin splints.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/shin-splints/DS00271

Your dedication towards your daily workout rituals maybe exemplary, but listen to your body!

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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  1. Technically it is called as the “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)”. Regular runners usually get afflicted when the training gets more intense. It is not uncommon for non-runners to have this pain even while brisk walking! The pain usually subsides after brief intervals of rest, but they also result in stress fractures in the tibia….

    The exercises in the following link are definitely worth mentioning

    http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/archive/1079-shin-splints.htm

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