Shin splints can happen to runners, running backs, and other athletes and this is caused by a muscular imbalance from having weak shins and strong calves. This is characterized by sharp pains in front of the lower leg. Since this condition is caused by muscular imbalance between the shins and the calves, the treatment for this is to bring up the strength of the shins to match that of the calf muscles. For the shins, you can run up flights of stairs to strengthen this muscle. As for the calves, since you don’t want it to get any stronger at this point, just do stretching exercises. If you are suffering from shin splints but you still want to continue with your training, the workaround is to either raise the heel of your shoe to reduce the pull on the front or to simply run on grassy terrain to lessen the impact on your legs.