There are many different types of injuries and conditions that can result from the strenuous physical activity experienced during soccer training. One of the most common issues is that of shin splints. People who experience shin splints experience pain in the area of the leg that starts at the knee and extends down to the top of the foot area. The pain is often immense and is described as a "burning" pain. The muscles that are in this area of the leg, as well as the tendons, become damaged or overworked and cause the pain that is experienced. In this article, I will describe effective ways to handle shin splints during soccer training.
If you are participating in drills and other activities that are offered during soccer training and start to experience pain in the area of your shins, you should cease all activity and rest immediately. While many coaches and players on the team may encourage you to continue participating in the soccer training, do not do this. This can result in more severe damage than has already occurred. If you stop at the onset of pain, you are likely to recover more quickly and continue engaging in soccer training. If you continue practice after the pain begins, you may not be able to continue in the soccer training activities.
If you have access to an ice pack and an ace bandage, it is important to implement the use of these items on the shins as soon as you are able to. Simply take off the shin guard that you were using during soccer training exercises and place the ice pack on the area that is the most painful. You should then take the ace bandage and wrap it around the part of the leg where the ice pack is located. You should allow the bandage to remain on the leg for up to thirty minutes to see if it helps to soothe the pain that you are experiencing.
While the ice pack is on your leg, you should find a nearby bench to rest on. You may choose to lie down on your back and elevate your leg that is experiencing pain. You could take a soccer ball or a cone to place underneath your leg. This will ensure that it is properly elevated. This is a great way to relieve any tension that the leg that is hurting may otherwise be subjected to.
Once you are sure that you have shin splints, you should allow your leg to rest for a few days before trying to participate in soccer training exercises. This will allow the body time to properly repair itself. Once you are ready to start soccer training again, it is extremely important that you practice warm up stretches and exercises in order to prepare your muscles for the physical activity. If you feel your leg hurting during the warm up exercises, this indicates that it may require additional rest. It is imperative that you pay special attention to the clues that your body gives you, or you could experience a more serious issue such as muscle strain or even a sprain in the area.