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Since I’ve started training in muay Thai I have been experiencing pain in my shins. At first it was bearable, but lately it seems to be getting much worse. When I’m not doing anything my shins have a constant dull ache to them. When I run, jump rope, or kick Thai pads the dull ache becomes a sharp stabbing pain that is almost unbearable. I am told this is a condition loosely referred to as "shin splints". I am also told that once this condition is diagnosed there is no way to get rid of it, other than to stop what ever physical activity you are doing. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this or knows someone that does. But it would appear that if this won't/can't go away, I may be done with muay Thai to avoid any long term damage to my legs.
 

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Bro I have had them when I was seriously training in muay thai. You can get rid of them over a long period of time. I had them a little over a year ago. But since I have stop all my running and jumping rope due to school and trying to start two business, they have gone away. I no longer feel the pain when I run or jump rope.
Let me guess that you were running as far as you could everyday or doing a long day followed by a short distance day of running and jumping rope every day. That is how mine got started. A free piece of advice as a personal trainer. To keep yourself from getting shin splints due on aerobic activity a day, either running or jumping rope along with your muay thai training. That and put something heavy on top of your toes and lift it towards your head to build the muscle that surrounds your shin bone up. This will also help to prevent shin splints from forming, and do calf raises to build up your calfs. If the pain is as bad as you say it is, the best advice I can give you is to stop all training for a week or two, perferable two. This means no running, jumping rope, or muay thai training to allow your shins to heal. You have sustained an injury and need the rest to recover and start training again. Good luck on your training and recovery, if you want any more advice just ask for it.:2cents:
 

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I have a similar problem and sometimes the pain is incredable. Shin splints come from tight calves. Jogging is really bad on shin splints but walking seems to be ok. If you need cardio try a stair climber or bicycle. You need to rest your calf muscles for awhile (couple of weeks) then stretch them before you work out. Try to get more Potassium in to your diet. (Bananas, Gatorade, Potassium salt). Drink lots of water. Hope this helps.
 

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I had shin splints a couple of years ago, and it turns out that it was due to me tieing my shoelaces too tight...
 

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Slip-On Rapist said:
I had shin splints a couple of years ago, and it turns out that it was due to me tieing my shoelaces too tight...
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Let me guess that you were running as far as you could everyday or doing a long day followed by a short distance day of running and jumping rope every day.

That and put something heavy on top of your toes and lift it towards your head to build the muscle that surrounds your shin bone up.
Very informative ninja. That is how they got started. I'll take your advice in a couple of weeks and go from there. Right now I don't think I can do anything that involves my legs.


You too mac, thanks.
 

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Tipp, Just remember I can't ganrentee that the splints will go away that fast but be patient with them and they will go. Let me know how your shins feel in about a week or two and maybe I can help you with some more advice from there, but hopefully your body is quick to heal and they go away in two weeks. But good luck on the recovery and Mac is right maybe you should also look into busting your potsium intake some. Try drinking 2 gatorades a day and lots of water, just don't over hydrate yourself.
 

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Having known a few marathoners...
Shin splints are the muscle pulling away from the bone alone your, you guessed it, shins!
Characterized by pain in that area when used. Think strained muscle as thats what it is. The bad part is that that area is used daily just to walk so it can take a long time to heal.
The ONLY way to fix shin splints is to give them rest. 2 weeks may work but a month is better. NO STRESS on your shins; no biking, hicking, walking, jump rope...
Adding heat may help as it draws blood to the area but nothing else will.
Potassium and hydration will help prevent them but once its happened it wont help. Its a physical injury not a chemical imbalance.
 

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Vigis is right it may take 2 weeks or it could take longer, just recover from it and then start your training again.
 

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2 weeks may work but a month is better. NO STRESS on your shins; no biking, hicking, walking, jump rope...
Damn. I think I'll keep going to class this month because I've already paid for the month. I think what really did me in was running a few miles a day on the road. Someone told me that it is much less stressful if I were to run on an actual track.
 

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Damn. I think I'll keep going to class this month because I've already paid for the month. I think what really did me in was running a few miles a day on the road. Someone told me that it is much less stressful if I were to run on an actual track.
The actual tracks are a lot more shock-absorbing so your body doesn't get beat around as much. I would imagine you could still get shin splints just as bad if not careful, but not running on the street/sidewalks will definitely help.
 

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Someone told me that it is much less stressful if I were to run on an actual track. [/B]

True. Also look in to some really good shoes. and try som linament(sp) (Icey Hot/ Ben Gay)
 

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Sorry to hear about this, Tipp, shin splints are a bitch.

As a pp said, they are caused by the shin muscle tearing away from the shin bone and it can happen on either side of the bone, but is predominantly on the outer side. There are taping techniques that can help to support the shin muscle while continuing to train, also strengthing exercises that can be done to prevent them, along with appropriate footwear for your activity.

Don't use heat to treat this injury, as with any muscle tear or strain, use ice. 20 minutes several times per day and limit the amount of impact training you do - such as running. If you do run, run on an all-weather track or grass as these have the most give and will be less jarring.
 
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