Knee problems and shin splints are different entities altogether and require different solutions and treatment options. In my experience as a running coach the most common cause of knee problems that I have observed is faulty running mechanics, basically over striding by landing with a heel strike instead of a proper mid foot strike. A second common cause is a lack of muscle strength in the quads and hamstrings. the muscles which support and stabilize the knee joint.
Have someone assess your running mechanics with regard to you foot placement, you want it to be under your centre of mass with the knee slightly flexed to absorb the shock. Do squats and lunges to strengthen the leg muscles.
Just keep in mind that shin splints are typically on the front or side of your shin, not in your knee. If your knee is giving you pain, that might be a different problem.
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Hey all. I was just wondering what are some effective ways to deal with shin splints. I started C25K in January and I'm finally feeling the effects of running now that I'm up to week 5 (had to repeat week 3 and some of 4). I've dialed my running back a bit to rest my knee and I've been doing Zumba twice a week with some modifications to take it easy on my knee. I don't want to completely hit the sidelines as I fear I'll lose my motivation. That's why I'm curious as to how others deal with this issue.
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