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Shin splints are incredibly common in runners affecting the tibia (shin bone) Every runner has heard of or has had shin splints. Firstly, navigating the numerous injuries that are encompassed under the shin splints term is essential. For more on that, please read this article.  The injury most commonly associated with shin splints, medial tibial stress syndrome, is what we will talk about in this article. The pain associated with this injury should appear on the inside border of the shin, along the third closest to the ankle.  One of a few injuries that make up the top tier of...

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Photo by Karolina Grabowska Do you have a strengthening program? Strengthening exercises are essential for all runners. Whether you are recovering from an injury, trying to prevent an injury or increasing your performance, if the answer to the above question was no, it's time to change your approach. I get it - some of you want to avoid the gym. Runners avoid the gym like the plague. Meatheads! Roid junkies! I don't want to bulk up or stared at the squat rack. Perhaps you quite simply don't want to pay - running shoes are getting more expensive after all.  Here...

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Your calves play an important role in your running. Are they sore or are they tight? We have all been there after a hard running workout: sore calves. This is a common situation for all of us. We stretch out; we foam roll, and we get some short term relief. But, the big question remains, are those sore calves tight? Let's work it out.  Meet the knee-to-wall measure The knee-to-wall (K2W) is a standard ankle range of motion assessment done in clinics. Also referred to as the weighted lunge test or the dorsiflexion test, we can measure calf tightness through...

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Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) causes pain along the distal-third of the posteromedial tibial border Health Professional? Jump to this article instead. As a runner, you no doubt have heard countless runners complaining of "shin splints." Maybe you have had them yourself? But, unfortunately, you can't treat your injury without excepting one key fact: shin splints is an umbrella term for numerous injuries.  If you don't identify the injury you have, you are not going to treat it correctly.  Why navigating the "Shin Splints" umbrella is IMPORTANT According to Dr Nat Padhiar, the British Lead Clinician and Team Leader...

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5 Tips to Run Faster Most of us run, not to see ourselves perform worse, but with the hope, we can gradually improve our speed and endurance for our next Parkrun, marathon or ultra. The purpose of these tips is to provide you with a framework to help improve your running. But remember, you cannot increase your load too quickly, or you're unfortunately at risk of a variety of overuse injuries. Tip 1: Remember the 80/20 Rule For most of us, it sounds crazy to think the benefits of running slow, and at a greater volume, include improved aerobic capacity,...

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