An Athlete’s Guide to Preventing Shin Splints

Our Athlete Ambassadors are go-getters. They know through trial-and-error what they need to perform their best. Kaylee Wilcox, is here to share with you her guide to preventing shin splints. 

Speaking as someone who gets shin splints VERY easily, springtime can be a daunting season when it comes to running. The typical skier hands up their running shoes for the winter and doesn’t return until snow becomes difficult to find. 

For years, this was me. My snow to trail transition was always harsh on my body. Shin splints were inevitable and nagging tendons turned into injuries. Finally, I started to take a little better care of my body. 

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Here are a few “guidelines” I follow during the winter to keep up on my body maintenance & prevent injury once running season begins:

 

  1. Running 2-3 times a week, at least 20 minutes a day- I’ve made this a priority! Once I hang my skis up for the spring, I add only 10% in intensity each week for a safe progression back into the sport. 
  2. Hiking (when conditions allow)- I love hiking because it’s such a great way to mix-it-up and use different muscle groups! 
  3. Incline training- I will do specific incline training with the purpose to not only help me when running season comes, but I also can feel a big difference when climbing on skis. 
  4. Tune-Ups from my PT– I work with Natalie pretty routinely during the winter to address those acute aches and pains that I don’t want to become a chronic issue down the road. 
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