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ERIC Number: EJ931553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Shin Splints 101: Explaining Shin Splints to Young Runners
Newlin, Dana; Smith, Darla S.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n3 p10-13 Jan-Feb 2011
Shin splints are a common but often confusing injury. Sources disagree on both the cause of the injury and the anatomical source of the pain. Some blame shin splints on foot pronation, footstrike pattern, or arch height. Regardless of what causes the condition, it affects many runners, beginning in some at a young age. Young runners often have little understanding of basic anatomy or factors that may cause injuries. Junior high and high school runners may experience an injury before they have an understanding of causes or prevention. It is the responsibility of coaches to clearly explain the basics of injuries like shin splints and factors that cause these injuries. The purpose of this article is to help junior high and high school coaches understand shin splints, allowing them to educate young runners about the condition in an attempt to prevent it from happening. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A