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)

Examples of shin splints in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the injury front, a strong core may help reduce your chances of common runner ailments, like patellofemoral syndrome (often called runner’s knee), Iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and stress fractures, says Hamilton. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 25 Sep. 2021 The team said White was sidelined with shin splints at the start of training camp before the No. 7 pick had surgery to repair a stress fracture. Brad Biggs,, 18 Aug. 2021 These can minimize shin splints, runner’s knee, and plantar fasciitis. Tim Kohut, BGR, 1 July 2021 Maybe people who develop runner’s knee have, say, slightly weaker hips, and people who develop shin splints have slightly weaker ankle dorsiflexors, and people who develop plantar fasciitis have slightly tighter calves, and so on. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 As a former runner who suffered from shin splints, Feldman turned to biking to get his outdoor recreation fix. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 Runners can suffer from shin splints, knee pain and lower back pain. Bre Richey,, 28 Mar. 2021 The doc also shares Eilish’s experiences with physical exhaustion, from dealing with shin splints on tour to managing her Tourette’s syndrome flair-ups, which are often brought on by stress. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 She's gotten shin splints and torn ligaments during concerts before — and continued to perform in a walking boot. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 26 Feb. 2021

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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 26 Oct. 2021.

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shin splints

noun, plural in form 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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