Prevalence of Medial tibial stress syndrome in collegiates

Published: 26 April 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/4vdr5xbvpg.1
Vikash Vikash,


Shin pain, or shin splints, is mainly an overuse injury in athletes that occurs mainly in the anterior aspect of the tibia. It commonly occurs in athletes who are involved in activities like running and jumping and in military personnel who perform drills as part of their daily routine. The main causes of shin pain are not known yet, but there are many studies that show different views on its occurrence. To identify the prevalence of shin pain among college going recreational athlete. Between September 2023 and April 2024, a online survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of shin pain among college going recreational athlete. In this study 293 college going recreational athletes participated based on the convenient sampling out of which 33.11% were females and 66.89% were males. Mean age of the participants was 20.9454±1.71329. The study utilized a self-constructed Google Form questionnaire, distributed through social networks such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Gmail, with data analysis and visualization performed using Google Forms' built-in features. A study of 290 recreational athletes found over a third (34.8%) experience shin pain during or after sports. Pain was common in the front of the shin while running (27.3%) and worsened with uphill running (30.4%). Other symptoms included soreness (28%), stiffness (25.9%), and numbness/tingling (27.3%). The research findings indicate that approximately 26.79% of recreational athletes in college experience shin pain, suggesting a notable prevalence within this population. This rate is deemed relatively favorable in terms of prevalence, implying that shin pain is a common but not overwhelming issue among college recreational athletes.



Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation


Athletes, Acute Pain, Medial Axis