A bit of history first, I play soccer on an amateur/semi professional level here in Aus. and over the last two seasons have had continual problems with ‘shin splints’ in this case affecting tibialis anterior according to my physio. I have quite short achilles tendons (which my physio explains may be one of several causing factors) and to date, my treatment (as such) has been improving my general flexibility placing emphasis on my calves, achilles etc, and then dealing with any symptoms of the shin splints as they appear.
My question is will increasing my calf strength be beneficial (im assuming it will) and how will i achieve this given that any weighted movement which places force on my lower limbs seems to really flare up pain symptoms (eg calf raise, squats, most o lifting)
Folks also can anyone suggest anything further i can do to alleviate this condition in terms of treatment modalities, supplements, specific training methods etc - this would really be appreciated as i feel as if i am stuck in a rut in terms of development - i have to limit how much i train and have to avoid what i consider ‘core’ pre season exercises like o movements, squats etc… thanks in advance!