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Ways to heal shin splints or avoid getting them in the first place
Ways to heal shin splints or avoid getting them in the first place

If you feel the symptoms of shin splints, don't try to run through them, doctors say. Ice massage When Melissa Lane's shins began to hurt, she put intensity training on hiatus and ran on grass, a softer surface, during her CrossFit class. At night, she lay in bed reading the newspaper, a bag of frozen peas on one leg, a bag of frozen corn on the other. UCLA sports medicine Dr. Heather Gillespie recommends freezing water in a small paper cup, then pressing the cup, still with the ice in it, up and down the front of the shin in an "ice massage." Stretch It's also a good idea to stretch out and strengthen the calf muscles with targeted exercises. Fred Azar, the team physician for the...

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