Anecdotal Shin Splints Cure: Running Backwards

My cross country coach had a lot of “theories” which were of dubious merit. One of the ones which stuck with me the most was his recommendation to run a couple hundred yards backwards at a slow speed as a way to prevent shin splints. I listened to him then, and I have often heard people recommend this as a preventative measure against suffering the pain of shin splints. Be careful though as there are some natural pitfalls if you want to try it out for yourself.

Like most things, your results may vary. Some people swear by this but I can’t say it’s helped me do anything but look a bit silly while warming up for a 5 mile jog.

March 6, 2007. Running Stride.