For strength work, train the calves and quads through squats and calf raises, which will help reinforce not only these muscles but also the underlying bone and connective tissue. Before practice runs, warm up well, run, and then static stretch. Try to avoid static stretching before the run, and certainly not before you're warm. If you get shin splints after the run, put ice on it. Finally, make sure you get plenty of protein so your body can rebuild and recover quickly and effectively.
1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.
Disclaimer: I'm not professionally qualified to make any formal recommendations. I've just done my homework and I'm my own guinea pig. All of my data, unless otherwise cited, comes from a sample size of n=1 (me).
Last edited by tandoorichicken; 12-29-2010 at 08:48 AM.