Batsmen’s shins are protected from the ball by pads, but they are not protected from shin splints, caused by running on a hard pitch.
The biggest risk factors are overtraining, indoor surfaces, and poor shoes/boots. Beginners are also at increased risk because they are not used to the high impact running has on the muscles and joints of the lower leg and foot.
• Running on hard surfaces
• Excessive pronation
• Improper stretching
• Lack of warm-up
• Training too hard
• Increasing mileage too quickly
Pain on the inside “front” side of the shin with weight-bearing activities
Lumps and bumps over the bone
Pain when the toes or ankle are bent downwards, inwards, or upwards
A redness over the inside of the shin
Another common injury is a calf muscle strain, which can be caused by overstretching, twisting, high force calf muscle contractions, or by being hit in the back of the leg by a cricket ball. Chronic strains are usually the result of overuse, with causative factors higher up that kinetic chain, even as far as the lower back.