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Exercises to Prevent Shin Splints

Prehab: Exercises to Prevent Shin Splints

Shin splints are one injury that can stop you in your tracks. We posted about these injuries recently and an anonymous user shared this great injury-prevention workout in the comments.

One Summer, I trained with my sister's track team. Here's what the coach would have us do:

  • Walk one way on our heels with toes turned out
  • Walk on our heels with toes turned in
  • Walk on our toes with feet turned in, heels out
  • Walk on our toes with feet turned out, like a ballerina

We did this all a few times. Then, at the end, we would take off our shoes and socks and walk across the grass, pulling up grass with just our toes. Sounds weird, but it helped — and felt great after a workout.

I have done similar moves after a track workout. I would walk in each position for 20 to 30 feet, then switch positions and repeat the series for a total of three reps. It does feel great!

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