ENGS 88 Honors Thesis (AB Students)

Degree Program


Year of Graduation


Faculty Advisor

Peter Robbie

Document Type

Thesis (Senior Honors)

Publication Date

Winter 2019


Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin splits) is an overuse injury caused by repetitive impact. If ignored it can lead to stress reactions and then stress fractures in the shins. This nagging injury is something that plagues many track athletes especially as they start to wear their competition shoes more frequently at practice to work on technical aspects of their events.

This paper investigates the relationship between ground reaction forces experienced by the athletes in each stride and what shoes they are wearing on their feet. Due to the fact that repetitive impact is a cause for shin splints, the conclusion of this project includes a new form of footwear that allows athletes to train for excellent performance with low impact. The objective of this project is to improve the athletic experience of track athletes.