So the local school doc just diagnosed my lower leg pain as shin splints. Makes more than a certain amount of sense, although the information papers she gave me (including "rehab" exercises that didn't work when they were for fixing a nastily tweaked ankle...) aren't telling me shit about what I should do.
Me: I've done Tang Soo Do for 16+ years, and recently started taking an MMA class at the school I've been training at while at school (it's still TSD, but a completely different organization so I mainly use it to learn new things and stay in shape which is why I jumped at the MMA class they were offering). I'm not interested in competing, and never have been.
I'm interested in continuing to train and getting myself in better shape. As far as lifting goes, I've recently started Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 program, lifting on the 4 days a week when I'm not doing an MMA class.
The MMA class is pretty basic... 15 minutes of cardio (usually jumping rope for 5-ish minutes, then kicks/knees/shrimps up and down the floor for another 5-10 mins) and then 45 minutes of either striking, ground stuff, or a mix.
My question for anybody who's dealt with shin splints before (or any other similar stress fracture-type of injury), is what kind of things should I really avoid doing and what can I do in place of those things? The doc said I should basically stop most things that would involve using my legs, including lengthy walking, but really... fuck that shit. I'd like to continue what training I (safely) can, and certainly don't want to stop lifting if I don't have to.