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Ask Larry (LBPT): Shin Splints

By Larry Brady of LBFitness for JTG

Shin Splints, oh shin splints, how splinting you can be.

Anyone — I mean ANYONE — who has experienced shin splints knows that they are debilitating. They stop you from doing just about anything. They give you a huge sense of failurem as anytime you even walk, you are reminded of pain.

As someone who is trying to get fit or lose weight and having shin splints, your body may sound like this: “hey you, yeah YOU, stop using me. Just stop. Grab that muffin over there and don’t bother with the exercise. I’m not built for exercise.”

As an athlete your body may be saying: “hey its your body here. Just letting you know I’m going to try my very best to stop you for the next few weeks from achieving any goals you have.”

I can’t begin to describe the frustration that I see clients experiencing before they start here at LB Fitness. When they first walk in the door limping and think they have no answers, they feel they have exhausted all avenues. But you haven’t.

Considerations

There are a few things that need to be considered immediately.

Larry BradyLet me show you our checklist:

1) Where is the client in relation to the pyramid to success – (stress, nutrition, sleep).
2) What is the client’s pelvic alignment like (Is their thoracic spine causing the shin splints?).
3) Can the client squat with trunk stability (yes you can squat, but can you squat properly?)
4) Sudden change in volume of activity levels.

There are a lot of factors. But there may be just one that you need to work on. You see everybody is different. Some clients who walk in with shin splints may just need to rest every third day.

Could you do that?

Some clients need to simply eat more food and recover better with guidance from a dietician. 

Could you do that?

Some clients need to hydrate with electrolytes.

Could you do that?

Some clients need to strength train properly, with guidance, 2-3 days a week for 6 weeks.

Could you do that?

Which one are you?

Keep an eye out for our next video series.

We have Colin Griffin, Ciara McCallion, Vinny Mulvey contributing.

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There will be more than one video because we know we can help, but let’s leave no stone unturned.

Remember. You deserve success.

Talk soon. In the meantime, try to let your thoughts be positive ONLY.

If you are REALLY struggling, contact us and we can see if we can help by putting you in contact with one of our trainers here at LB Fitness or  contact any of the professionals in the picture on the left.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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