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Shin Splints in Soccer

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Shin Splints in Soccer: 5 Easy Steps to Recover Quicklydealing with shin splints 5 simple steps to heal and recover quickly

Getting injuries playing soccer is inevitable for some people unfortunately because of the strenuous activity involved

Some are quite serious and some are minor but sometimes the smaller injuries can hurt the most and leave you out of action for a longer period

One common minor injury is when you get the dreaded Shin Splint in Soccer

Oh yes, we have all had it! it’s like having a hot poker rammed into your shins

It starts from the knee and goes right down to your feet, and sometimes down to your toes

The NHS Says that you can certainly treat them yourself and only in severe cases, you will need to go to hospital about it

What is Shin Splints?

It’s basically an inflammation of the bone tissue, muscle and tendons on your tibia which is normally caused by sports-related exercise and running. It can occur when there is a change in your exercise regime or if you have overworked your muscles more than you normally do.

Why do I Get Shin Splints?

If you are wondering why you keep getting shin splints then take a look at this quick video by The Jump Rope Dudes which will explain all

Here’s The Best Way To Deal With Shin Splints in Soccer

Step 1. Stop Exercising or Playing Soccersoccer players legs wearing white socks kicking a white football

Whether you are in training or in a soccer game, if you start to feel the pain in your shins you should stop doing what you are doing immediately

Don’t listen to your team-mates stop acting like a baby and carry on or your coach telling you to run it off otherwise you could be making things much worse and your recovery will be much slower

If you do carry on you may be out of action for a while

Step 2. Remove Boots, Socks And Shin Guards

Take off your socks and Shin Guards that are on the affected area

I’m assuming you would have been wearing shin guards as its pretty much the law now for all players to be wearing them

Also, take your boots off to let the blood circulate around your legs and feet properly as they can restrict you a little.

Step 3. Apply an Ice Pack And Bandagemale doctor sitting by a red first aid kit

If the club you are playing for is a good club then you should have access to a First Aid Kit so you need to get an ice pack and a bandage from there as soon as possible no matter what your coach says

Wrap the ice pack in the bandage then put it on the area that hurts the most then wrap the whole thing to your leg to keep it secure for around 30 minutes.

Step 4. Elevate Your Legs

While your leg is all wrapped up and you are resting it you could get something to elevate your leg off the floor if you are laying down to see if that helps with the pain at all

It’s actually a great way of relieving the pain in your legs.

Step 5. Take Time to Recoverwoman wearing a blue tracksuit sitting on the grass stretching her quads

Once all the pain has gone don’t get back into the game or training just go home and rest your leg for a few days before getting involved in any more soccer

You may think your fine but the fact of the matter is that even though you don’t feel any pain your muscles haven’t healed properly yet

Getting back into soccer is probably all you can think of while resting but don’t go into it all guns blazing, do some warm-up exercises and stretches for shin splints beforehand

If you feel any discomfort in your shins just doing the warm-up then it’s your muscles way of telling you that they are not quite ready to start back

Just take another day or two off so you will be fighting fit and ready to score some goals


Before You Run Off

Do you suffer from Shin Splints?

I myself suffer with them a lot so I know what you’re going through if you do

The next time you feel that shin pain after kicking a soccer ball coming on just follow the steps above and you will soon be back at it

If you have any questions about this post then feel free to ask below in the comment section and I’ll get right back to you

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28 comments on “Shin Splints in Soccer


As a massage therapist, I’ve treated shin splints many times over the years. I agree with your first aid suggestions but would add that anyone injured should go get a myofascial release massage of the area – it helps open up the space and prevent it from happening in the future.


Thats some excellent advice so thanks for letting others know about it, cheers

Charlie Glynn

Shin splints are the WORST! I always try to fight through them and shrug them off but they usually just come back hurting even more the next time. It doesn’t surprise me that ice and rest are the recipe for healing. Thanks for sharing, will definitely use this health formula next time I have them!


I hate it when I have shin splints but ice and rest is the best cure thats for sure


Very Good to know, I will remember this when watching my niece and nephew play, Thanks For the info


Children will probably suffer a bit more than adults as they are more active than us oldies, lol. Just keep an eye on them

Nicole Stiles

The advice to stop exercising with a shin splint is the most important in those steps. Continuing to exercise with an injury causes really big problems. Been there, done that. It’s not pleasant. I was ordered to stay off my feet for 2 months. I couldn’t do anything that was more than what every day living required. It sucked! Knowing when to rest is incredibly important with exercise. 


Yes it’s not the best if you have to rest but it is really important if you want to get back to fighting fit level when all you want to just get up and go for it


Hi Shwni! Thank you for giving these recommendations for avoiding shin splints. Most of them where completely new for me. I would start feeling pain in my shins and would not stop. And then I would have to be away from action for a long time. How important it is to know this that you have mentioned on the post. Thanks!


You’re welcome. Yes if you just stop what your doing when you get shin splints and rest then it will get better much quicker


Hello, excellent post you have written up here. Being a soccer player myself, I do suffer from shin splints. Though it’s kind of becoming constant these days since we have a change of coach in my team. However, I want to quickly recover for it so I can get myself featured in our final match coming next week. The tips you gave here seems very realistic and first aid but do you have any supplement you can suggest for me to help me bear through the pains so I can atleast feature in my next match. Besides, how long does it take to heal up?


If you are going to take a supplementto help with shin splints you might find its just going to mask the problem and not heal it and you might do more damage. It could take up to 2 or 3 weeks to properly heal depending on the severity of your problems so the quicker you can get the first aid,  the better.

Good luck with your upcoming final match and I hope you can make the team


I used to play soccer every single day as a kid and a teenager. And I can tell you first hand that shin splints really are the worst! However, I always tried to keep playing through them because I thought I could and I didn’t want to stop playing. But as you said it best, it only gets worse. At least I know now, so I can help my nephews and kids one day as I am still quite interested in the game. Thanks for sharing. 


You might only do more damage if you play through shin splints, inform your children and nephews before they get any serious damage themselves 

Todd Matthews

Good advice that just about any of us who are active should take. Shin splints aren’t fun for anyone who has had them whether they’re soccer players, or runners like I am and yes, they can be very debilitating. I think we all want to refuse to rest for a few days but at the same time the best thing we can do is rest as it’ll ensure greater recovery and help prevent the injury from returning, as so many of us tend to get back into the game faster, which is sometimes the worst thing we can do. 


Oh of course, it’s not just advice for soccer players, it’s advice for anyone who will unfortunately get shinsplints  in any sport that they do, just take care afterwards and try not to get back to the sport that you love toops quickly otherwise you might be out of action longer that hand you wanted that hand be


This is very helpful for me. I am a professional runner and I was having a lot of problems with shin splints. I don’t run professionally since 2 years ago but I like to run recreationally. Sometimes they were so inflamed that I thought about getting to the doctor but I solved it with medications. Thank you for sharing this great info, I learned something new about shin splints.


Medication sometimes only hide the damage rather than help the damage so be sure that what you are taking is prescribed by a doctor and take it easy 🙂


Oh my god shin splints are the worst.  This post has great information that I didn’t know about, so thank you.  For me one thing that caused me issues with shin splints is how my shoes or boots were tied. If I tie the top to tight, it seems like it can cause me to get splints. 

This is great information, I wish I would have had this when I played indoor soccer.  I loved your comments about worrying about being called a baby, it is best to catch this issue quickly for a faster recovery.


Would you rather be called a baby or suffer longer than  you should? There’s only 1 answer really 😉


I used to play soccer when I was younger but never happened to me. The most severe injurie I got was ankle rolls, god that was painful. 

Also I skate and I’m always getting hit by the skateboard right in my shin. As a medical professional, I suggest that people who get this just immerse their affected leg into hot water (the hottest they can take) for around 4 minutes and then drastically move it into another bucket with cold-freezing water (same, the coldest they can take). 

And then just take some NSAIDs (paracetamol, diclofenac, naproxen, etc.).


That is really great advice coming from somebody like yourself, I really only thought that hot water would damage the muscle area but I really appreciate the help you have given here today, thanks 


Your article is awesome and helpful,the shin splints is dangerous,It can occur when there is a change in your exercise regime or if you have overworked your muscles more than you normally do,I strongly agree with this,The instruction you gave must be followed strictly for quick recovery.Thanks for sharing this article.


Of course,  you should react and treat as soon as possible when you feel the slight pain of shin splints 


Thanks a lot for the tips… I am currently experiencing shin splints and I am in a lot of pain. Not to mention that I feel that can’t really play.

That soccer has got me for good… Last ear I broke my ankle and the year before that I cracked my elbow… Maybe I should stop playing altogether (NOT) 😛


Never give up, only strive to make yourself a better player 🙂

Snigdha Alam

Hi Shwni,

Thank you for advising me to stop practicing with a shin splint. This step is very important. I always try to fight them. But again, they hit back. It is true that Ice and rest are very helpful. We must always be aware of such matters. I’ll definitely try this health formula later.
Thanks for your good advice. This information helps a lot so I will share it with my friends.


Please do, I hope that everyone will understand the best treatment for shin splints


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