Definition of shin splints

: injury to and inflammation of the tibial and toe extensor muscles or their fasciae caused by repeated minimal traumas (as by running)

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Recent Examples on the Web Surtz has had only minor health concerns, losing some time as a freshman during the track season to shin splints and occasional bouts of tendinitis. Rick Armstrong,, "Can’t stop Surtz: Junior standout Lianna Surtz continues to push the envelope, hopes to lead Rosary to new heights in cross country," 20 Aug. 2020 Perhaps straining for an upside, Williams said the track conditions her to resist shin splints. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "One of Alaska’s best-ever high school sprinters never had her biggest moment to shine. But she’s not done showing what a girl from Delta Junction can do.," 24 May 2020 There is also the fact that freshman center Chol Marial, who has not played after undergoing surgery to insert titanium rods in both legs to help prevent a recurrence of shin splints, could be back later this month. Don Markus,, "Three takeaways from No. 5 Maryland’s 84-63 win over Marquette in Orlando Invitational championship," 2 Dec. 2019 The Naval Academy graduate recovered from her shin splints and became a lieutenant commander. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 Pushing too hard, too often, can lead to injuries Opens a New Window. like shin splints, stress fractures and sprains. Ladan Nikravan Hayes,, "‘Let’s Talk’: Is running as hard on your legs and joints as people say?," 3 July 2019 Sometimes those injuries can heal with just some rest, like shin splints. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Want Your Kid to Play Pro Soccer? Sign Her Up for Basketball," 28 June 2019 Of course, changing the lacing can't solve every common running problem (things like shin splints and heel pain are generally better treated with orthotics inside the shoe and other methods, says Wachtel). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 The three exercises below focus on addressing all the areas that can cause shin splints. Heather Moore,, "3 exercises to ease shin splints - and prevent them," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of shin splints

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shin splints was circa 1930

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“Shin splints.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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shin splints

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

Medical Definition of shin splints

: painful injury to and inflammation of the tibial and toe extensor muscles or their fasciae that is caused by repeated minimal traumas (as by running on a hard surface)

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