Shinsplints


Introduction

Shin splints are one of the most common disorders/injuries at the lower leg among athletes. This particular injury is very hard to treat. There have been very few studies in the past on how to properly treat shin splints, which is exactly why we initiated a study with athletes and runners to create clarification on how to properly treat shin splints.

Methods

Twenty-two athletes and runners (ages 16-53, men and women) were recruited through several different hospitals in West Netherlands to participate in the treatment study. They had to satisfy the requirements applicable to shin splints; exercise induced pain around the inside of the lower leg and pressure pain on the tibia on a section of at least 5 centimeters.

The athletes were then subsequently drawn by means of drawing an envelope that told them which treatment they would receive. The following was applied for the treatment; one group of athletes and runners received a rehabilitation program with running to reduce complaints (recently, it became clear that light dosed exercise is actually beneficial for recovery), whereas the other group also got to wear the Herzog Compression sock. The Herzog Compression socks were to be worn during all physical activity. The athletes were reviewed after each two weeks to measure progression and to modify the running schedule where necessary. Ultimately, the aim was to determine which form of treatment cured the athletes the fastest.

Results

The athletes who also wore the Herzog Medical Compression socks recovered 11% faster from their complaints. The athletes who also wore the compression socks were additionally more satisfied with the treatment then those who didn’t wear socks.

Discussion

Shin Splints are generally difficult to treat and often occur with runners and other sports which require numerous forms of jumping. There are actually statistics available for Physical Education (PE) where 35% of athletes actually had shin splints. Nevertheless there have only been conducted three treatment studies. These studies concluded that no one form of treatment is better than complete rest. This particular study holds that wearing a Herzog Medical Sports compression sock in combination with a rehabilitation running program does account for fastest recovery. Why athletes’ recovery faster is not completely clear, but one hypothesis could be that the compression of the sock on the tissue results on tissue recovery. There should be done some supplemental research regarding the exact recovery process.

Conclusion

The research shows that athletes with shin splints recover 11% faster when wearing a Herzog Medical Sports compression sock. The exact results will soon be published in the Scientific Magazine “Sport en Geneeskunde”.

E.G. Williams & M.H. Moen (sports medicine)

April, 2010

 

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