The Dangers of Shin Conditioning in the Martial Arts
We recently received the question below from someone online.
“When training shins, how often should this be done?”
Here is what I say:
We don’t advise students to do too much focused trainning on their shins. What you see in the movies is unrealistic and hitting your shins with a stick to deaden nerves is rather barbaric.
You risk causing fractures and when you get older, you could develop arthritis and other issues.
Unless you are a pro fighter – be careful with how much pressure you put on your bones.
Regardless – always and only kick BAGS
Running barefoot and or with shoes that allow you to put more weight on the balls of your feet helps too.
Also – try sitting down and lifting your toes UP and feel your shin when you do this – you can feel the muscle moving forward to shield the shin bone.
Now lift your toes 200 times with resistance
When sparring – get used to lifting your toes up to add more protection when you block with your shins.
To give your body the most time for recovery – training to failure every 4 days will be enough. You need to give the body enough time to HEAL.
What are your training strategies? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.
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