How can you help athletes prevent and treat shin splints?
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Encourage patients who are concerned about shin splints to decrease the intensity of their running; suggest rest and ice and foot orthoses, to treat the condition. Reducing running intensity probably reduces lower extremity soft tissue injuries (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, low-quality randomized controlled trials [RCTs]), although doing stretching exercises doesn't.
Journal of Family Practice, 57(6) 2008: 406+.
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