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Why might my leg hurt when I run downhill?

If your leg hurts when you run down hills, it could be shin splints. This is a common condition in individuals who run downhill for an extended period of time. There is point tenderness over a tendon located on the front of the lower leg. It is advisable to rest (or at least decrease running time and distance) and to avoid hills. Ice packs, stretching before and after running, a strengthening program, and oral anti-inflammatory medications help to reduce symptoms. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)

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