Shin pain in an adolescent soccer player: A case-based look at "shin splints"

September 1, 2004

A 14-year-old high school soccer player, referred by her pediatrician, has been brought to the sports medicine clinic reporting a one-year history of "shin splints." She describes shin pain in both legs that seems to increase with running and brisk walking, mostly over the "front" of her shins. She characterizes her pain as a "tightness" that "pinches" her legs and becomes noticeable five to seven minutes after she begins activity. The pain has become more intense the past two months--to the point where she is unable to run for more than 10 minutes at a time.