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    Hurdlegirl Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 25, 2013, 07:14 PM
    Shin Splints?
    I am a 15 year old hurdler and I have never had shin splints before... I just noticed today that I had them really bad, it was hard to even practice! I just got home a suffered through 15 minute ice baths on each leg and I was just wondering if there was anything else I could do to help... For examle, does heat work? Any weird lotions? (Ketchup and salt ;P) Idk what else to do and I have a meet in 2 days and I really need it to go well...
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    Apr 26, 2013, 05:00 AM
    Hi Hurdlegirl, this information on shin splints is from WebMD:

    What's the Treatment for Shin Splints?

    Although shin splints may be caused by different problems, treatment is usually the same: Rest your body so the underlying issue heals. Here are some other things to try:


    Icing the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.
    Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can have side effects, like an increased risk of bleeding and ulcers. They should be used only occasionally unless your doctor specifically says otherwise.
    Arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics -- which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf -- may help with flat feet.
    Range of motion exercises, if your doctor recommends them.
    Neoprene sleeve to support and warm the leg.
    Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your shins.

    In rare cases, surgery is needed for severe stress fractures and other problems that can cause shin splints.
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    Apr 26, 2013, 05:10 AM
    I'd tell your coach. You really need to opt out of exercise for more than 2 days.

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