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    I'm almost done with the first of 21 weeks. I did pt leading up to the academy but it is still kicking my u know what. How long does it take to adjust. Also I have never had shin splints until now and it is severe. What did those of u who have had em do for shin splints
    Im pretty much amazing. Just ask anyone about me, im kinda a big deal. I have many leather bound books and my house smells rich of mahogany.

  • #2
    Forgive me If I am not allowed to post in this section as I am not LE.
    I did gymnastics for a number of years and when I got shin splints, I would take athletic tape (not stretchy bandage type, but white sticky athletic tape) and wrap it a couple inches underneath my knee caps and about 4 inches above my ankles (2 strips). Wrap tight enough to feel pressure but not cut off circulation or cause pain when you walk. Had to do it about once a week during training so hopefully that helps. I would leave them on for about an hour after practice, but leave as long as it takes to feel better.
    Stick with it. Good luck with the Academy!

    Tokken

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    • #3
      Depending on how often you PT at the academy, put in some extra work on days you don't do PT and on the weekend. Doesn't have to be a lot, just work on whatever you are having trouble on. Other than that, just tough it out mentally and it will get better. It will also help you tremendously if you are eating right and hydrating well, all day every day. If it's anything like my academy you're doing a lot of pushups and other bodyweight type exercises. Just do those at home all the time. If you're watching t.v. for an hour or something, knock out 25 pushups every commercial or 25 sit ups or whatever other exercise.
      Fortunately, I haven't dealt with shin splints in a long time. I've seen some people wear these compression sleeve things, but I don't know what they actually do or if they work.
      "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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      • #4
        All solid advice I would add stretch the hell out of your Quads and calf and use advil.
        MDRDEP:

        There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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        • #5
          Above all else, DON'T QUIT. Your attitude should be "I will not leave this academy voluntarily. The only way I'm leaving is escorted in a wrist lock."
          Also get as much as you can done during the weekend. Do all your laundry and ironing for the week. That way you have time for rest and study when you get home.
          "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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          • #6
            I struggled with shin splints for years in the Army. I'd go on profiles for 2 months, and by week 2 of returning to running I'd get them. I couldn't sleep at night they throbbed so badly. I tried at least 7 different shoes, several inserts, countless doctor visits and bone scans.

            Running barefoot fixed it all for me. Well, not barefoot... Vibram Five Fingers. Theres been a lot of studies in recent years on forefoot running(which is what barefoot/VFF running makes you do) and the amount of impact your joints take compared to heel to toe running. It sounded really hippy and ridiculous to me, and goes against all you're taught. But it really worked. It takes a few weeks to build up muscles that you previously weren't using as much in heel to toe running, but once you're done being sore a lot - and if you're anything like me - you'll be able to run for miles with no shin splint pain.

            Last edited by ItzRegardie; 05-07-2011, 12:43 PM.

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            • #7
              I had a few people in my academy suffer through similar pains. In the beginning it seems like everyone struggles.

              The first month is the worst but like it was previously stated, its a state of mind that you really need to conquer. If you talk yourself into thinking your not cut out for it you wont be. The mind quits before the body!

              I have never suffered through shin splints per-say but have dealt with other injuries. Rest and ice as much and often as you can. On you days off do alot of stretching and alot of healing.

              GOOD LUCK HANG IN THERE!

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              • #8
                "Pain is nothing but weakness leaving the body!"

                Stretch REAL good before and after PT. BTW what is your stretching routine?

                As for the tape suggestion....I don't know. All though it won't be tight enough to "cut off circulation or cause pain" it will still be tight enough to restrict some blood flow. You got to remember the heart rate will rise during the PT and especially when you run. The blood carries needed oxygen etc through the entire body.

                I don't know much about Gymnastics but I would assume the heart rate would not be as elevated as it would be while running and doing (academy) PT. There fore the tape, may not be as big a factor in that regards. Again I don't know much about Gymnastics so take it for what it's worth.

                I did a lot of PT in the Army and in two (civilian) academies. Yeah I hated running like no other. I would get aches and pains all over from it but none of it lasted for any length of time after PT. Granted everyone is different.

                Hang in there I got injured near the end of my last academy, took a good jab in some ribs during DTs. Hurt like a SOB for many weeks later. After that I could barely run or do much of any PT but I hung in there and at least tried to do it. Other wise they would have kicked me out. I was the only one who's PT scores greatly dropped compared to the beginning of the academy. The instructors understood and never gave me any **** about it. Of course they knew I was a vet and knew I was no slacker before I got injured.
                Last edited by westside popo; 05-11-2011, 02:08 AM.

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                • #9
                  Shoes can also have a great effect. If y'all are runnin your butts off, it may be worth it to head to a runner's shoe shop where they can diagnose your step and whatnot.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the replies. Almost two weeks down. It comes from sprints, haven't gotten to run distance yet, because that's a privilege we haven't earned. I ice every night and take ibuprofen on lunch and it helps.
                    Im pretty much amazing. Just ask anyone about me, im kinda a big deal. I have many leather bound books and my house smells rich of mahogany.

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                    • #11
                      Congrats on 2 weeks down! One day at a time.
                      Not too long ago I was counting how many weeks down. Now I've lost count. I'll start counting again the other way, once the end is in sight.
                      "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pc2761 View Post
                        . It comes from sprints, haven't gotten to run distance yet, because that's a privilege we haven't earned. .
                        Running distance is a privilege???
                        "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it" ~Albert Einstein

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                        • #13
                          I had/have atrocious shin splints. They kill me. I destroyed my ankle during DT and started favoring it when doing PT. I didn't want to get dropped on a medical so I just wrapped it and sucked it up. By running differently to reduce the ankle pain, I ended up getting terrible shin splints. So bad, that standing in formation or even walking was a chore that nearly brought tears to my eyes. I was almost convinced that I had broken my legs.

                          My GF is a former cross country goddess who helped me out. She would take a tennis ball and roll it along the inside of my shin. (Hurt like HELL!) for about 10-15 minutes or as long as I could stand the pain. Then ice my legs. I eat advil like skittles. I've slowly gotten to the point that I just deal with it. The pain starts about 10 steps into the run and lasts for about 3 hours after we stop. I'm just used to it now.

                          Stretch your calves and try to run on the balls of your feet instead of your heal... it helps.
                          Take Advil/Ibuprofen and ice your shins. (You can try the tennis ball thing too if you want)
                          Stand up against a wall and raise your toes toward your knee... this will help build up the muscle that causes shin splints.

                          Other than that, it's just mental. Suck it up and drive on. Good luck. I've been dealing with it for about 11 weeks now. 5 more to go!
                          I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.
                          - Mark Twain

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                          • #14
                            Feel free to use plenty of ice when you get home.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pc2761 View Post
                              Thanks for the replies. Almost two weeks down. It comes from sprints, haven't gotten to run distance yet, because that's a privilege we haven't earned. I ice every night and take ibuprofen on lunch and it helps.
                              That's what always killed my shins - mine would hurt immediately after running, so doing any kind of sprinting would kill me, but distance was fine until just after I finished running.

                              I used a lot of ice and ibuprofen and just dealt with it. I would massage the area they hurt, too. It hurt to do, but it did help with the pain. Some guys in my class used compression sleeves and said they helped.

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