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Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am hoping to become an injury-free triathlete


"I'm writing you because I saw your video on how to strengthen the tibialis posterior. I have shin splints and I have suffered from ITB syndrome. I am a biker and a swimmer, and I am hoping to become an injury-free triathlete, but my shin splints are stopping me from running at this point in time. If I am currently suffering from shin splints and a moderate case tibialis posterior tendonitis will it helpful to perform this exercise. I don't want to exacerbate my condition as I am taking time off from running to try to recover.

Also, on a semi-related topic, do you think it could be preventitive to run barefoot? Not on the cement of course. I feel like running in shoes, almost always with arch supports, have weakened tibialis posterior and anterior."
Matt
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Gary:
(This video has now had over 165,000 views - wow!)

This exercise, done as described in the video, about every 3rd day will assist with maintaining strong feet and ankles.  It targets exactly the muscles and tendons that you are writing about.

Barefoot running, simulated wearing footwear such as Nike Free or Five Finger running shoes will assist with keeping injury free.  If you have been raised in shoes take care introducing barefoot running.  Start with short jogs and with 2-3 days between simulated barefoot sessions, otherwise you may actually make matters much worse!

If you have shin splints and ankle pain then you need to do a course of deep tissue massage of the feet and lower legs.  Repeat one deep tissue session per week for as long as it takes for these to be painless massages.  Significant progress will be seen by the 3rd session if the therapist is doing a good job.

You will find many other articles and training guides on this website about this injury issue and training for events like triathlon and marathon.  enjoy the reading Matt!

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