Medial Shin Splint Fix | Ep. 49

A couple days ago we discussed lateral shin splints and gave you a mash and stretch for the tibialis anterior. Today we are directing our attention to the inside of the shin.  Medial shin splints are much more common, especially in crossfitters. Medial shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) happens because of excessive microtears to the muscles on the inside part of the shin.  This excessive microtrauma is due to the amount repetitive stress we put our legs through. Running, jumping and oly lifting all require ballistic ankle plantarflexion and dorsiflexion.  In a large enough dose this will cause our shins to bark.  The main player in MTSS is the posterior tibialis. It is responsible for ankle plantarflexion, and inversion of the foot. Check out its anatomy below. Then get some mash and stretch on.

Don’t Mash Blind, Know Your Anatomy

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Today’s Prescription:

1.  Mash Posterior Tibialis 2-4 mins/leg

2.  Stretch Posterior Tibialis 2-4 mins/leg

3.  Continue Pull-up Challenge (8 Days Left)