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Shin splints or worse?

By Anonymous February 7, 2015 - 1:36pm
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So I'm 15 and I train for triple jump very regularly. About 5 months ago I was jumping and I felt some sheer pains in my right shin - and so I gave it a weeks rest. Within that week I seemed to feel okay and when I got back into training I would not feel any pain until I progressed further through the training session. From there I just carried on training and tried to ignore the pain but it worsened so I went to a doctor - he thought it was shin splints so I gave it 2 weeks off but the pain came back. I got an x-ray and everything seemed to be okay. Then from December to late January I had rested completely (roughly 3-4 weeks off) to avoid further damage. I came back recently and things seemed to go smoothly when doing drills but as soon as I went into the actual triple jump my shin started to hurt again, it seems to be quite a sharp pain. And also when I run my finger down my shin I feel a slight dip in the shin about half way down and when I press my finger down on this spot this is where all the sharp pain is coming from.

The sharp pain only seems to be coming from activities such as triple jump or drills where I rely a lot on the shin and there is quite a large impact as I hit the ground. However, before I had rested the pain also occurred during sprinting and climbing stairs slightly - I think this was because of not taking time off.

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Hello and thank you for sharing your question.

Since the x-ray showed that everything was okay you more likely have severe shin splints.  I did triple jump myself and also high jump.  My story was actually very similar to yours. I even had the same dent in my shin.  The reason for reoccurring shin splints, even after rest, can occur because of improper shoes, flat feet, or over-use.  

It is important to have full support in your shoes because you impact the ground very hard in this sport.  If you have flat feet you should consider getting costume orthotics that can slip into any tennis shoe.  Then you would only get full impact during competition when you wear spikes.  

The only way to totally recover is to do intense hot/cold therapy.  Each session takes about an hour.  Every day alternate heat for 15 minutes, then an ice pack for 15 minutes for an hour.  Do this every day for a week or too.

This is exactly what I did and I was able to start jumping again without any pain.  If you still feel pain after a week, you can do the therapy more than a week.

I hope this helps.  Good luck.


February 7, 2015 - 8:38pm
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