Shin Splints Rehabilitation

What is Shin Splints?

Shin splints are a general term used to describe pain on the inside of the shin. It is not a specific injury in itself. A number of specific injuries may cause ‘shin splints’ type pain, but medial tibial stress syndrome is probably the most common.

Who is this program suitable for?

This program is suitable for anyone suffering from pain on the inside of the shin. Ideal for both beginner and elite-level athletes

How does it work?

The program consists of 4 phases. You progress through the phases, only moving on to the next phase when you have reached specific exit criteria. Paul introduces each phase and guides you through the program via a series of videos.

The app tells you exactly what to do each day (Today’s tasks) and records your progress to be reviewed later by yourself, or your coach/physio. We don’t just aim to heal your injury with this program but enable you to come back even stronger than before.

Program structure

Paul Tanner’s shin splints rehabilitation program comprises the following:

Phase 1

Phase 1 begins immediately after injury and can last from 48 hours to 2 weeks or more depending on how bad your injury is. The aim of phase 1 is to reduce pain and inflammation.

Phase 2

During phase 2 we aim to continue to reduce pain, relax the lower leg muscles and identify possible causes.

Phase 3

The aim of phase 3 is to continue to protect the area and improve the condition of the muscles whilst gradually returning to running.

Phase 4

The aim of phase 4 is to increase running to normal training distances and introduce agility drills for team & racket sport players.

What is included?

The program includes the following elements:

Treatment & Healing

This covers how and when to apply treatment such as cold therapy & compression, heat, massage, and taping.


Over 60 different exercises with video demonstrations covering mobility & stretching, activation, strengthening, motion control/proprioception, and functional or activity-specific exercises and running progressions.

Priority support

If you have any questions about the program or your progress then use in-app support to get in touch with our qualified sports therapist for advice.

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