When it comes to running injury, nothing strikes more fear into all runners other than hearing the words “stress fracture.” And if truth be told, stress fractures have always been on the top of my list of deep, gut-wrenching running injury fears. Why? Well, this injury suck! Big time! Having a stress fracture means time off the running track—lasting from anywhere from a month, to even longer. For that reason, this condition can really compromise months of hard effort and discipline.
This is my fourth detailed guide to common running injuries. In the first three blog posts, I covered runners knee and ITBS and ankle sprains, and today I am sharing with you, dear readers, my complete guide to the common condition known as shin splints. Shin Splints are Everywhere Shin splints are some of the most common running injuries of all times. I have had it in the past, multiple times, and I haven’t yet come across a runner who didn’t suffer through it at some point in their running career. Obviously, shin splints are more widespread among runners, especially beginners, and long-distance runners. Not only that, shin splints are also pretty common among dancers, gymnasts and military recruits, according to the National Institute of Health.