Shin splints can be an extremely frustrating injury for runners to deal with! Not only can they derail your upcoming race but they can cause you to quit running all together! A common mistake that runners make is that they treat their symptoms instead of identifying and addressing the true cause of their injury. There are many factors that can contribute to shin splints but most often they can be traced back to excessive overload and poor running mechanics. If you are a runner and you are experiencing lower leg pain, please read on for some tips that will help resolve your pain and get back to running!
In life, there are two constant forces; they are both positively inescapable and destructive by their very nature. The first is Time, which I humbly propose no solution for. The other is Gravity, which, despite being constant and universal, can affect us differently over time depending on our body’s structural alignment.
When I was a beginning lifter, I made a ton of mistakes that I am trying to help you avoid. One of the biggest that I wish I could go back and change, is testing my max every week. You need to understand that getting stronger doesn’t happen under maximal loads or by maxing out all the time, it happens by being consistent with submaximal loads. This takes patience, it isn’t sexy, but it is how real results and strength gains happen and in this article I am going to tell you where I went wrong and how you can learn from my mistakes.
Research suggests there is a major connection between those who suffer from non-specific chronic low back pain and the ability to breathe properly. This relationship becomes a constant cycle—weakened core muscles and therefore the inability to stabilize the trunk (specifically the lumbar spine), which causes a dysfunction of the diaphragm and results in chronic low back pain.
The necessity and demand for a program like this was clear both from a coaching and a parenting perspective. As coaches at The Spot Athletics, we work with youths and adolescents and see a common trend among them. Many of these athletes come into our facility lacking proficiency in foundational movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing, and kicking.