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running, treadmills, shin splints

Discussion in 'Injuries' started by Big Slick, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. Big Slick

    Big Slick Regular Member

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    Can somebody explain to me why I get shin splints if I run on a treadmill for any decent period of time but I don't when I run outside on the road?
     
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    the treadmill might have a slight incline?

    stride pattern different?
     
  3. Big Slick

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    There's no incline on the treadmill, because you can adjust that and I always leave it at 0. Maybe it is the stride pattern, I must run differently on the treadmill or something...
     
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    One problem I had while using a treadmill was that there wasn't enough "running space." In other words, you tend to move your feet closer and are afraid to "fall off" the treadmill and therefore you tighten your muscles or tense them up. Also, your treadmill may not have special cushioning under the platform. Either way, I do not like running on the treadmill because then I focus more on the time (my treadmill has a timer and this weird tracking thing), and then get very lazy and give up easier. I prefer running outside also because it feels more natural and I'm not feeling like I am about to break the machine :p
     
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    Some of the better treadmills have quite a bit of give...they absorb the shock much better than cheaper ones so the shins & joints don't take as much abuse.

    Try a longer stride on the treadmill.. this may prevent excessive up-and-down action while you are running. I noticed that some ppl make quite a lot of noise when their feet hit the treadmill belt... make sure that you are not 1 of these ppl. Run so that you are lighter on your feet.
     
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    Thanks guys, I reckon it must be the stride length. I am very tall so it would make sense that I shorten my stride length without realising it when running on the treadmill.
     
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    having the treadmill on an incline should help reduce shock to the legs/knees
     
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    Can you explain why? What are the main differences between running on an inclined and running on a flat treadmill. Which is more benificial?
     
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    Good question! Can't say that I have the answer you are seeking. Running an incline is more beneficial insofar as it makes the muscles work harder & we burn more calories. Whether a moderate incline is more or less stressful to the shins & joints, I couldn't say. Keep in mind tho' that our bodies are designed much better for climbing, walking or running uphill than it is for downhill.

    BTW, it is interesting to note than running a mile or (briskly) walking a mile burns nearly the same amount of calories... perhaps slightly more for running. Obviously, running for 20 minutes will burn a lot more calories than walking for 20 minutes tho'.
     
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    err, no.
    just something I read somewhere, and from when I have used treadmills I have found it to be the case.

    elliptical trainers are supposed to put much less strain on the joints,
    so, as a guess, I would say that having the treadmill on an incline gives your stride pattern a slightly more elliptical shape. Your leading foot lands more softly on an inclined treadmill than a flat treadmill. On the flat I find the foot seems to "slap" down.


    although, if you say you have a different stride pattern on a treadmill compared to on the road, maybe it would be best for you to experiment and decide for yourself...
     
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    i experience shin splints when i use the treadmill with high inclination setting, i do it so i could burn more calories.
     
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    i experience shin splints when i use the treadmill with high inclination setting, i do it so i could burn more calories.
     
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    I only experience shin pain when running on a treadmill , not on grass. If you run on a treadmill you should have it on an incline if not it is just like running downhill. I imagine running exclusively on a treadmill could cause muscle imbalance since you do not have to exert backwards force in the same way you do on grass. The treadmill may be harder than grass on impact and is unvarying , which would lend itself to repetitive injuries.
     

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