Muscles of the anterior compartment of the shin work primarily to lift the foot upwards towards the shin. This is a critical movement for walking and running. Inefficiency of these muscles often causes “shin splints”. Regular stretching and strengthening of the shin muscles will reduce the likelihood of injury.
If you have any significant knee issues or surgical repairs, then opt for the Shin Muscle Stretch - Standing and give this one a pass.
Passive stretching is a technique that aims to lengthen the musculo-tendinous tissues with the use of some sort of external assistance such as a towel, resistance band, bodyweight or even a training partner. Experts typically recommend avoiding passive stretches just before physical activities, using them instead as a cool down or recovery day tool.
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