Our expert says:
It's difficult to say, because "shin splints" is actually a symptom, not a problem in and of itself. So you need to figure out the cause, and then treat that, so that the symptom disappears.
Now, training too much too soon is often the catalyst for the problem, which can be aggravated by things like biomechanics, muscle weakness, inflexibility etc. So you need to concern yourself with how quickly you start running, and also whether you're strong enough so that your calf muscles handle that loading.
For that, I'd suggest seeing a biokineticist, or possibly a physio. Have them assess strength, flexibility, and perhaps even prescribe a programme (the bio will be able to do this). One exercise that is especially helpful is a single leg calf lowering, where you stand on the edge of a step with your heel hanging off the back, and then lower yourself down, before pushing up off both legs, and repeating 15 times. This has been very effective in strengthening the calves, which does help. However, this is one part of the equation and you should cover all these bases.
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