Are you a runner that suffers from shin splints but don't know how to prevent them? If that sounds like you, or you have a friend or family member with this problem, read on!
Even if you do not currently suffer from shin splints, you could one day if you don't take proper precautions, so you may want to read on just to save yourself unnecessary pain later (trust me, shin splints can be brutally painful and make tasks like driving difficult).
To keep it simple; when running on a treadmill you are running on a flat surface. This repetitive motion causes added stress on your joints and muscles which can lead to muscles tears that can cause shin splints - even when you think that you are running on flat ground outside, you are always on a slight incline, whether you realize it or not. So to sum up; running on a flat surface or decline will contribute to shin splints.
So how can you avoid getting these awfully painful shin splints? Simply increase your incline on the treadmill to at least 1.0 (this mimics a fairly level running surface that you would experience if you were running outside).
This simple adjustment that you make to your treadmill can save you much pain later on.