Title:OFOGH-E-DANESH Fall 2003- Winter 2004; 9(2):23-28. Authors:OFOGH-E-DANESH Fall 2003- Winter 2004; 9(2):23-28. Summary:
OFOGH-E-DANESH Fall 2003- Winter 2004; 9(2):23-28
Background and Aim: Shin splint is an exercise - Induced pain in the anterior leg that is seen in many sportsmen. There are many articles about this injury in literature. In this study we evaluated prevalence and analyzed the risk factors for shin splint in sportmen. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was done in 430 students that were spending their sport course at Mashhad universities. All of the students were screened for shin splint, then patients were compared with a randomized group of healthy students for risk factors. Results: Altogether 19% of students (82 from 430) had shin splint and 95.1% of them were affected after running sports. There was strong correlation between hard, leather shoes without heel and shin splint also was correlation with number of exercise time in a week. (P Value < 0.05) there were an increased number of patients with weak anterior tibia in muscle. Conclusion: It was concluded that shin splint is a prevalent injury in sportsmen and attention to its risk factors is important. Use of suitable fit shoes and enough fitness before heavy exercises are effective ways to decrease shin splint.