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Shin Splints

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Angie was at my old stomping ground this morning, and my mom's gym club…The Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics. It was fun to see all the familiar faces up on camera and I even got a shout out from my daughter Andie who was busy playing in the foam pit. I spent my entire childhood in the gym… 5 days a week, 4 hours a practice and I owe a lot of what I am doing in life to the work ethic and training that I experienced as a young girl. Sure I still went out on Friday and Saturday nights, had boyfriends, friends and a good social life, piano lessons, a part time job and the list goes on. I can't imagine what life would have been like if I had been spending my time at the mall after school.

In fact, one of the more serious injuries I suffered as a gymnast was Shin Splints. In fact I had stress fractures in my shins for a few years. It is painful and constant. Connie Beaulieu, the owner of CU Fit Personal Training joined us this morning on the segment to talk about that topic. Right now a lot of people are heading back outside for their runs as the temperatures warm up outside. The surface of running outside is much different than what people have been running on inside on the treadmills. Connie stressed the importance of stretching out the back side of your legs, the calves to alleviate some of the stress and the pain placed on the shins.

Here is what Connie wrote:

Common causes of shin splints include biomechanical foot faults and poor foot wear, but another common cause is tight calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus). An easy way to minimize the pain while running is to complete a 3-5 min warm up, pause for a 30 sec stretch and continue with your run. You may also strengthen your shins (anterior tibialis) with simple toe raises at home on a daily basis.

Conini is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and Certified Personal Trainer through George Brown College and Can-Fit-Pro.  With over a decade of experience, she specializes in dynamic training and education, and trains an impressive roster of dedicated clients in her private studio located in Riverside South.  You can learn more about her at www.cufitpersonaltraining.com .

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