Basic Training Injuries-Shin splints

By SGT Volkin

Shin splints are a common cause for concern for each military recruit. Whether you are leaving for marine corps basic training or army basic training, the outcome of painful shins will be the same.  And, to make it even worse, there is no magic pill to cure them.  Shin splints are a result of fatigue and trauma of the muscles near your shins.  This trauma can feel like someone is hammering at your shins with each step. For military style workouts, shin splints can definitely be a road block, and surviving boot camp will be that much harder. 

Basic training leaves little room for rest and relaxation, so what can a recruit do to get rid of shin splints before arriving at basic training? Lots!

First things first, get new shoes. Most recruits don’t get the right shoes. Shoes should fit comfortable and feel well, if they do not, you are adding trauma to your shins with every step you take. Shin splints often occur with new shoes, if this happens, simply get new shoes that fit better and you will see shin splints quickly disappear.

Another quick fix for shin splints is to practice running on soft surfaces, not pavement. Running on grass should help the pain subside.

Rest may not be a luxury you have if your in training, however, if your shins are throbbing even when sitting on the sofa, you must stay off them as much as possible.

Another cause of shin splints is being overweight.  If you are overweight and have time to drop a few pounds, you will put less stress on your shins.

Last but not least, try adjusting your running technique. Get some gel insoles for your shoes. This will angle your foot toward your toes slightly. You should try running on your toes more than the heels of your foot. When you run on the heels of your foot on a hard surface, your shin is experiencing too much trauma for your muscles to bear.

Follow the above tips when preparing for boot camp and make your life a lot easier.

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Sergeant Michael Volkin is a U.S. Army veteran and one of America's most successful military authors focusing on basic training. He served in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom as a Chemical Operations Specialist and received an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts and for the military fitness programs he designed to help his fellow soldiers. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and also a Real Estate Brokers Degree. Note from the author: "I knew absolutely nothing about the military when I entered basic training. I had no immediate military family history and no prior desire to ever join the military. It was on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001 that I realized what I was taking for granted all these years. Freedom, as wonderful as it is, is an uphill struggle, and comes with an enormous responsibility. It wasn’t so much a decision, but a calling, that I joined the military - the Army Reserves. I departed for basic training without an ounce of military knowledge one month after September 11, 2001. However, I used this lack of knowledge to my advantage. I took notes on everything, with the ambition that no military recruit would have to go through boot camp like I did, with no knowledge of what was in store for me. I listened to hundreds of soldiers share their advice, tips, and tricks on surviving basic training. When I was deployed shortly after basic training to serve in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, I had the time to organize the notes, add to them, and assemble the most practical basic training guide ever written. The Ultimate Basic Training Series is straightforward, easy to understand and applies to every branch of the military. Take advantage of the military fitness routine in these books. Many hours of research and trial and error went toward creating the program. I believe there is no other fitness program that can get you in shape for basic training faster." SGT Volkin is currently a real estate broker and marketing consultant.


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