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Stretching/running question(7 posts)

Stretching/running questionjaybird
Feb 3, 2003 12:40 PM
Does anybody know how to stretch the muscle that goes down the front inside part of your lower leg.

I am trying to increase my running and have started getting mild shin splints. I have switched shoes and that is helping but I still get some tightness after a long or fast run. I think that if I could figure out how to stretch the muscle I would be fine.
re: Stretching/running questionBibendum
Feb 3, 2003 12:59 PM
The best way I found to prevent or ease shin splints is to ice the shins after running. Also, whilst sitting, feet flat on the floor lift the front of your feet off the ground so just the heel is in contact with the floor. I roll to and from the heel to the ball of my foot thus stretching both the calf and the front inside part of your lower leg.

Hope this helps.
re: Stretching/running questionSnyder
Feb 3, 2003 1:34 PM
Strenghtening those muscles is very important for injury prevention. A good method is to put a bungee cord or two around a board or a bench. Then while standing on the board or bench, put your toes under the cords and raise your toes, one foot at a time.

Good luck.
re: Stretching/running questioneclipse1
Feb 3, 2003 5:14 PM
havin coached for 20 years here is what we did for "shin splints" first like was stated ice (never push if there are hot spots in your front part of shins), also strenghting, either with a bungee or just press down on the top of your toes/foot while you(pull up) decrease the angle between the top of your foot and the shin, this helps to add strength. also check your shoes as if you have proper arch support, if not get inserts for your shoes or tape up your arches
Build up slowly...bent_spoke
Feb 3, 2003 8:50 PM
Going too fast or to far before you actually build a base could also spell trouble. Easy does it.
re: Stretching/running questional0
Feb 4, 2003 2:27 AM
If possible avoid hard surfaces for running - run on ground, snow etc. surfaces.
re: Stretching/running questionJS Haiku Shop
Feb 4, 2003 6:13 AM
agree with last 2 responses--build up slowly and avoid hard surfaces. piling on the miles without a base is a good way to get shin splints or more serious injury. as others here have told me, your cycling form will carry you a long way into a running base, but your body has to adjust to the impact.

lotsa good stuff here; the cool running site is a good one, too.