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Can I work out while I have shin splints ?

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by KN0CK3D 0UT, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. KN0CK3D 0UT

    KN0CK3D 0UT Guest

    I've had shin splints for about 4 days, I haven't run. All I have done is rest and apply ice on my shins. What I wanna know is can I work my biceps and legs while my shins are healing up. Will split lunges worsen the splints ? How longer do I need to rest ?


    any help would be very appreciated.
     
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  2. msh2

    msh2 Green Belt

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    the pains a good indicator I would say, for me nothing but jogging really impacted recovery time

    but, the knee surgeon I saw said the term shouldn't be used as there are a few possible causes for the pain, which means my 'shin splints' could be very different to yours
     
  3. Big H

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    personally my shin splints are only aggravated when i do anything with impact such as running, hopping, jumping etc. squats are fine.

    but ive never had them real bad, u could try a set and see what it feels like.
     
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    I get a pulled groin occasionally and still get my squats in (half squats). Youll be fine.
     
  5. ASSMAN

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    for some reason i like the pain of shin splints...and yes you could work upper body wont have no effect on legs
     
  6. Klotz

    Klotz Shalom

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    Can you describe what they feel like? I think I might have them but I'm not sure.

    If I have what you have, then I'll tell you that I've squatted 380 pounds since they started hurting.
     
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    Shin splints have 3 possible causes if that is actually what you have.

    Have you been to a Doctor or a physio ?

    Depending on your problem the Physiotherapist may be able to give you some stretches to help.

    Generally though Shin splings need time to heal, that means no running, skipping, jumping etc but most anything else is fair game. If you feel the shin pain from leg press, squats, deadlifts etc then obviously stop those exercises.
     
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    double post, not sure how but it did take the forums ages to actually process my post.
     
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  9. Big H

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    its like the bone in ur shin is coming forwards, and hurts particularly when u put ur weight on ur toes.
     
  10. Klotz

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    Ok I don't think I have that. The inner fronts of my shins get sore when I run, and are sensitive to the touch afterwards.
     
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    It's unfortunate that your injury prevents you from squatting.
     
  12. KN0CK3D 0UT

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    I feel it when I run. So how long do I need to rest more ?
     
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    Lift away, won't hurt a thing.
     
  16. CJK

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    True "shin splints" have only one cause: the periosteum of your tib. ant. being ripped off the tibia through too much friction due to cramped space from the inflammation of overuse. Very few people get true shin splints, but if you do then resting, icing, and kinesiotape are your fastest methods of healing. I wouldn't recommend stretching.

    If it's just overuse syndrome (probable), NSAID's, stretching, and foam rolling/massage will speed recovery. If when you squat you use your tib ant to keep your heels on the floor (used more aggressively in high bar and front squatting, and clean-style deadlifts) then those will aggravate it. Most anything else should be fair game.
     
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    yeah but with the exchange rate, 380 pounds canadian is what like 2 plates?
     
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    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    Press the inner part of your shins where they hurt. massage them everyday, I want to tell you to keep running, cause that's part of conditioning. Shit, when I ran track and cross country my coach made us keep running, none of this pussy ass ice shit. He told us we were weak bastards if we had shin splints. They always went away with proper conditioning.
     
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    I get shin splints occasionally, and while strength training doesn't hurt it seems to slow my recovery.
     
  20. mannymma

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    M8 I wouldn't. I had shin splints when I was 16 whilst preparing for a fight. I ignored the pain and trained through it which ended up with me being in so much pain that I was unable to train for a month and had to go to the Physio therapist twice a week so he could jam him thumbs down my leg an crush the inflammation. One of the most painful things I've ever been through, especially at the age of 16 haha. If its bad id recommend going to a Physio-therapist and seeing if there's anything they can do for you. I've not had any issues with shin splints since. Hope this helps.
     

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