Always get shin splints? Here's why you should avoid running on pavements

Shin splints: Expert gives advice on how to prevent injury

Running has been one of the only options for people wanting to keep fit while gyms are closed. This form of exercise is really good for your cardiovascular system, burning calories and building up strength. Express.co.uk chatted to Professor Paul Lee, sports and orthopaedic surgeon at MSK Doctors www.mskdoctors.com and Sean Flannery, Head Physiotherapist at Harlequins and MyoMaster to find out how to run safely and how to avoid shin splints while running.

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If you’ve recently started running, you probably have no clue how to run safely.

If you’re a serious runner, you’re likely to be pounding the streets in all weathers – but you could be doing your health more harm than good.

Runners knees, Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains and a whole host of injuries are common to runners, and let’s not forget about shin splints.

Shin Splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, are a pain felt along the inner edge of your shin that's usually present during and after training - and it’s very painful.

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How to avoid shin splints:How to avoid shin splints: Shin splints are one of the most common running injuries (Image: Getty)

How to avoid shin splints:How to avoid shin splints: Shin splints are caused by a number of things, but it's avoidable (Image: Getty)

Why you shouldn’t run on pavements

According to Professor Paul Lee, you should avoid running on pavements as much as possible.

He said: “Professional marathon runners limit their training on hard surfaces due to the damage it is thought may be caused in the form of shin splints and stress fractures.

“Many trainers believe that 60 to 70 percent of running should take place on dirt tracks or grass instead, where the

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