Sportsmen and women should avoid increasing their intensity too fast when engaging sporting activities, Physiotherapists, Mark Sackeyfio, and Mrs. Louisa Afi Borlu, has advised.
According to them, sudden increase in intensity can cause shin splint, which is basically excessive stress on the tibia.
“With a shin splint, the pain is localized around the tibia area and is felt during activity or right after activity” Mrs. Borlu explained.
To reduce the level of pain, she said, it is important for sportsmen and women to take rests or considerably reduce the intensity of the sporting activity they are engaged in.
Mr. Sackeyfio noted that some sportsmen and women try to ignore the pain caused by shin splint or manage it with painkillers. He said, it is basically an inflammation that becomes chronic overtime.
He said another way to treat shin splints is to ice the affected area and then rest, emphasizing, there is no need to massage the injury with hot water as it is most of the time, recommended locally, “applying heat is not the best. Sometimes it works with heat, but you have to know when. It’s very important” he stressed.
Mrs. Borlu advised people who engage in sports to invest in proper trainers that are well-cushioned and give their feet adequate support. She said people to endeavor to warm up and stretch before every sporting activity and slowly build up intensity.
Mr. Sackeyfio also advised runner, especially, to get regular soft tissue massages that relax the muscles used in running
Mr. Mark Sackeyfio, and Mrs. Louisa Afi Borlu, made these comments on #StayAlive segment of HSTV’s Morning Show, #HealthyMorning, talking to Cecilia Anno-Barnieh about Shin Splint injury.