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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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 Common overuse injuries include shin splints and Achilles tendinitis. New York Times, "Reducing Injury Risk in Youth Sports," 14 May 2018 His body initially didn't take well to the increased workload, manifesting itself in debilitating shin splints, then a stress reaction. Dylan Hernandez,, "USC's Michael Norman Jr. has Olympic dreams and world record aspirations," 20 Apr. 2018 Senior Emma Philips suffered a season-ended knee injury on Tuesday, and junior Grace Anderson will miss a few weeks with shin splints. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "Northern Illinois recruit Sarah Avery makes strong switch, but Naperville Central loses to Schaumburg," 7 Apr. 2018 Anderson missed 23 consecutive games because of shin splints from Nov. 18 to Jan. 3, then missed eight games because of an ankle sprain before returning on March 6. Sarah Todd,, "Justin Anderson provides spark off bench for Sixers," 17 Mar. 2018 Dangerfield, UConn's point guard, started after missing the last two games with shin splints. Pat Eaton-robb, Houston Chronicle, "No. 1 UConn women rout Wichita State 124-43," 10 Feb. 2018 Dangerfield, UConn’s sophomore point guard, didn’t start for the second consecutive game, sitting out with shin splints. Lori Riley,, "No . 1 UConn Women Hold Off UCF, 55-37," 7 Feb. 2018 Sutter is still battling shin splints and looked tentative running down hill. Dan Brown, Ramona Sentinel, "Prep Cross Country: Runners take advantage of cooler weather," 11 Oct. 2017

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circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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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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