Pre­vent ’em

Runner's World South Africa - - THE LOOP -

Be­cause there’s no quick cure-all to make shin splints van­ish fast, pre­ven­tion is the most im­por­tant part of the equa­tion, Carter says. To stop them be­fore they start, it’s key to avoid large jumps in train­ing vol­ume. Al­ter­nate be­tween a few pairs of run­ning shoes, and make sure that the kind you choose fits your foot type and biome­chan­ics. If you run on a cam­bered road, stay on the same side of the road on your way back, and if you run on a track, make it a point to switch di­rec­tions with each lap. This will vary the stresses on your legs, and help pre­vent repet­i­tive overuse.

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