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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2007, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by yellow man
well ive been taking a kickboxing class were we learn how to box basicly but we only hit heavy bags no one hits back. i know it totaly different when someone hits back.

well they told us to kick were we hit with the shin. i guess im probally just not used to it. but there is a pain in my mid shin down to bottom of my shin when i kick the bag with my front foot. my back foot which i kick with even harder is fine.

the teacher told me my nerves were dieing and are going to grow back stronger or something like that. i was just wondering if this was correct. and if i should just keep kicking away or rest. maby ice?

i full on trust my instructor but just a little curious

i dont wanna be a fighter but its a good workout and it beats the hell out of running
The process of "shin conditioning" is a long and painful process. Sorry, but I don't know any other way to put it. Basically by putting your shins through repeated stress and trauma (via kicking solid objects like heavy bags), you end up deadening the nerve endings on your shin. Again, it's a long and painful process. If you just started, it's going to hurt A LOT.

Also, when conditioning your shins you end up creating small fractures along the surface of the shin bone that heal over with greater amounts of calcium. Most people think that the bone is a solid object, when it is actually more built like a set of interleaving meshes of hardened tissue (like a sponge). When a fracture occures, your body throws another layer of bone tissue over the fracture, making the mesh tighter and thicker and your shin bone becomes denser and stronger by result.

Now if you are going through pain, yes icing your shins after working out will help. You can also invest in some shin/instep guards and use those if you are doing some intense workouts (if you spar, some places require that you have those). It will help with the initial shock/trauma to you shins. Later you can gradually spend more time working out without the gaurds as you shins become more adapted to the activity.

If it becomes much worst, listen to your body and rest. Get it checked out. There isn't anything anyone on a forum can reliably diagnose for you online, so keep that in mind.

Good luck.

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