The term "shin splints" refers to Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, an injury of the lower leg resulting from stress reactions of the tibia and surrounding muscles. It tends to occur when you increase your volume suddenly. Clinically, symptoms are often described as a "vague, diffuse pain on the distal third of the medial tibial border that arises from exertion."
So, what does that mean for you? If you feel pain along the inside border of your shin bone, particularly along the furthermost third away from your knee, you may have shin splints! We recommend you consult a physician or clinician to confirm your diagnosis.