Cut your leg off at the knee (only kidding). There are definitely ways to prevent shin splints without cutting off your leg.
1) Check your kicks. You may not be wearing proper footwear or your shoes might be as worn out as the socks in the back of your drawer. In some cases you may even need extra arch support.
2) Cross train. Include activities that aren’t as stressful on your shins. Swimming, walking, or biking may be great for you.
3) Add strength training to your work out regimen. Strengthening your calves and shins will help minimize the likelihood that you develop shin splints.
4) Always warm up—do a slow then a moderate speed and intensity of the exercises you are to do before you do each.