Hi, I am a runner and I suffer from shin splints. Why because I dont stretch often enough and forget to build the right muscles.
My workout today suffered due to my shin splints. They pained me for the first mile and then I had to stop and switch to an elliptical. I went to see a friend majoring in Physical Therapy (PT) and she laughed and laughed. Said that shin splints are the most common "injuries" and one of the most preventable.
She directed me to this site, which breaks down the stretches you are supposed to do as well as offer a ton of information regarding sports injuries. So silly looking stretches it is!!
My PT friend said "Never forget the importance of stretching, it doesn't matter how far you can run if you can't limberly seduce your way out of a bed."