I very recently asked a similar question through the SparkCoach feature and got this response:
Shin splints almost always occur in sports that involve running or jumping, such as jogging, dancing, gymnastics, and more. Even walkers can experience shin splints. The phrase "shin splint" is a generic term that describes pain in the lower leg, either on the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) side of the shin bone. This pain usually begins as a dull ache that can't be pinpointed; it can be felt along the entire region where the muscle attaches to the bone.
Early on, exercisers will usually feel pain only at the beginning and end of their workouts. But over time the discomfort becomes more severe, lasting throughout workouts and striking even when you're not exercising, like when getting out of bed. Here are several articles with stretches to help.
Tips and Hints to Deal with Shin Splints
Preventing and Caring for this Common Injury
3-Minute Stretching Routine for Shin Splints
I will also refer you to our Walking Guide where you will find a variety of articles including walking programs and walking interval training to help you push to help you meet your goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/sparkwalking.asp
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