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The Bad Boys of Comedy were really bad -- in a good way

Phat Groove Entertainment's Bad Boys of Comedy show lived up to its name. It was a total laugh fest, so for a comedy lover like myself, the show was a hit.
I arrived at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Hotel a little late, but thankfully the show had started on a mellow note with The Illest reggae fusion band, so I didn't miss any of the comedy action. (And just as an aside, The Illest set the mood appropriately with their song selections, ranging from their originals to contemporary popular songs from artists like Bob Marley and Adele.) They really got the crowd going. And just when you were ready for more host comedian Rayzor got the show started as he put the crowd in a tizzy with his endless jokes about celebrities and the lives they lead.
The first act of the night was Bahamian comedian Demetrius. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when it came to Demetrius. And before he had even told the first joke he was already a comical sight, prancing onto the stage looking like super baby in a bonnet, poofy shoes and cape.
He regaled us with his humor about raising children and the comical life children lead when with grandparents. While the crowd was in stitches, there were moments during his act when I thought Demetrius tried too hard, because I didn't know whether to laugh at the joke, or at him in general. Nevertheless, he was good.
Then of course there was the Bahamian Mr. Brown, who took to the stage periodically to do his Mr. Brown booty tremble. It was pretty funny, but to be honest I really wanted to see the bad boys.
And the first one to bring it was Johnathan Martin, a comedian who has appeared not only in "Bad Boys of Comedy" but also "Def Jam" and "Comic View". Now talk about hilarious. This dude's show started with energy and he never let up.
He talked about the good old days when life was harder but easier. He talked about being raised by his loving, but thrifty mother and strict, but cheap father. Although he joked that his mother often bought irregular clothes and how he had to suffer wearing them throughout the years and his father often switched religions so he wouldn't have to buy his children presents or food, there was a message in what he was saying, and it was funny. The topics he addressed were something the people could all relate to.
If I thought that Martin was funny, then A.G. White was totally uproarious. He was a Caucasian comedian with an unfamiliar black audience but he was confident with it and threw caution to the wind when it came to telling his jokes.
He went from topics like how to cuss properly, growing up in New York to how stereotypical the world can be generally. And one of the best parts of his act for me was the Jamaican accent he used to add flavor to several jokes. But what really made him stand out to me throughout the night was how he entwined popular songs into his act to make his jokes almost three dimensional. And he was unafraid to cross boundaries and make jokes about himself and black people. But by no means were his jokes racist. They were applicable and I can honestly say he brought tears to my eyes -- that's how hard I laughed.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the headliner, Brooklyn Mike brought the house down. Although his subject matter was limited to sex and relationships, for the most part he was the perfect cap to the event.
Brooklyn Mike's performance was stellar in describing why it's easier on females during a breakup than the male. He went into comedic detail about the crazy things people do for love even during a tumultuous relationship. He acted his jokes out and really got the crowd involved in the joke-telling. The only sore point for me in his performance was when he made a joke about robbery-rape role playing considering the recent headlines in local newspapers. But the crowd didn't seem to get too down on that point and he kept on riddling off hard-hitting jokes. By the end of the night my tummy was aching from the bellyful of laughs. The Bad Boys of Comedy show was definitely one of the best comedy shows I've attended recently. It was on point from start to finish. I was not disappointed.

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BAAA Olympic trials all set

Two local companies have officially thrown their financial support behind the Olympic trials for the sport of track and field.
The generous donations from communications giant, the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) and Scotiabank Bahamas Limited will ensure that the Olympic trials, hosted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) will run smoothly. The two-day meet, which will feature several head-to-head competitions, is now being referred to as the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials.
The meet will be held June 22-23 at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. It is a mandatory event for all persons hoping to be named to the squad. The official team will be named that Sunday.
"The Olympic fever has begun in The Bahamas with the London 2012 Olympic Games being just 43 days away," said Kevin Teslyk, managing director at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is again proud to be partners with the BAAA as we showcase the very best of track and field in The Bahamas, at the BTC/Scotiabank Trials 2012."
The trials will also serve as the last opportunity for many of the junior athletes wanting to meet the qualifying standards for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Junior World Championships. With so many of the local junior athletes ranked so high in the world, president of the BAAA Mike Sands is confident that the mixture will add the much needed flavor to the meet.
Young Anthonique Strachan has the fastest time in the world, for junior female athletes, in the 100 meters (m). Strachan has already qualified for the Olympic Games with her season's best of 11.22 seconds. She will contest the 100m dash with fellow training partner Sheniqua Ferguson and veteran sprinter Chandra Sturrup, both of whom have posted fast times this year, and have qualified for the London Games.
In the half lap event, on the junior circuit, Strachan follows Shaunae Miller who has a best of 22.70 seconds. Both are a shoe-in for the Olympic Games and the IAAF Junior World Championships, Strachan has a best of 22.75 seconds.
It is not certain if Miller will contest the loaded 200m, which will include national record holder Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Sheniqua Ferguson, among several others. However, she will line up in the 400m with Christine Amertil, an Olympic finalist in the event.
Junior quartermiler O'Jay Ferguson's name is ranking among the elite athletes. He is one of the favorites going into the 400m event, during the trials. Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Avard Moncur should not be counted out. Ramon Miller and Andretti Bain have also entered the stacked field.
On the field, national record holder in the men's triple jump event Leevan Sands will be challenged by Lathone and Latario Collie-Minns. Raymond Higgs has moved over the long jump clearing the way for Ryan Ingraham, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas.
Barry has already met the qualification standard of 2.31m, which is the A level set by the IAAF. The B standard is 2.28m and Ingraham has cleared that.

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The L.I.S. annual Fishing Fling Tournament: Come and catch some fun!

Freeport, Grand
Bahama Island - Lucaya International School is proud to announce its
annual favorite fundraiser, the

Fishing Fling Tournament on May 27th.
Fishing can begin at 6:00am, weigh-in from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by a
celebration of the day's catches at our Splash Bash! Come to fish,
party, or both! The festivities will take place at the GB Sailing Club,
and will include a cash bar, dinner and dancing.  Bring your party shoes
along with your rod and reel!

This year we are thrilled to
announce Jamie Rose, of OBS Marine Ltd. as our Tournament Director.  In
addition to a grand cash prize, winners will have a chance to win
merchandise prizes from OBS...

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Lowe looks to rebound from injury and defend title

Defending champion Simon Lowe is hoping to recover from a broken collarbone suffered seven weeks ago to defend his Pineapple-a-thon title on June 2.
The Pineapple-a-thon triathlon covers a 500-meter swim in the beautiful Gregory Town cove, 11 kilometers (k) of hilly biking and a 5k run. Lowe, 29, one of the stars of the growing sport in The Bahamas, set the course record a year ago, in his first-ever pineapple-a-thon. This year, he is just easing back into the sport after the fluke injury that occurred after his shirt got caught in his front wheel.
"I started biking and running again about two weeks ago," Lowe said via Facebook. "I still have not tried any swimming since the accident so I will just have to wing that. My cycling and running is coming back quite fast."
Lowe edged three-time defending champion Ken Bots of Port Orange, Florida, last year winning the race in 52 minutes and 37 seconds. The Pineapple-a-thon course is renowned for 'The Hill' that riders climb four times in the saddle and twice in their running shoes.
"I try to incorporate as much hill training as possible into my routine," Lowe said. "It's not easy in Nassau but I do a bit of bridge running between Nassau and Paradise Island and try and hit the hills around Love Beach on my bike."
The race is part of the annual Pineapple Fest's slate of activities and hopes to match or eclipse last year's record turnout of 37 racers. Racers compete in men's, women's and team divisions for prizes donated by Pineapple Air, Sands Beer, Rainbow Inn, Island Touch Massage, and the Laughing Lizard Café.
Lowe, who also won the inaugural UWC Triathlon in New Providence last September and is a former Conchman Champion (Grand Bahama), said: "I love Eleuthera for many reasons. The relaxed vibe and friendliness of the locals is always a treat. I'm really looking forward to the Pineapple Fest. I had a great time at that event last year."
Also, UWC women's champion Alana Rodgers is expected to compete in her first pineapple-a-thon, and Tennessee native and long-time Eleutheran Abe McIntyre said he's in training for his record sixth pineapple-a-thon.

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Bahamian designer debuts Minka swimwear line at Miami Fashion Week

Back over Versace, Bahamian fashion designer
Latoya Hanna-Moxey is making her way down the catwalk this week,
debuting her line of Minka swimwear at Miami Fashion Week.

The Miami Beach International Fashion Week is
said to be the fifth largest event on the fashion calendar and from
March 21 to 24, the Caribbean is being represented in a big way.

Hanna-Moxey has been invited to showcase a minimum of 20 pieces in her collection this week, with accessories and shoes to boot.

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Defence Force officers called in as sick-out hits prison

Defence force officers have been placed in sections of Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) since Friday after a significant number of prison officers called in sick, according to Superintendent Dr. Elliston Rahming.
Rahming said 35 percent of the prison's staff called in sick and had not returned to work up to yesterday, although he maintained that operations are normal at the prison.
He revealed that prison recruits, who have entered the apprenticeship program at HMP, have also pitched in to maintain order.
"There is no undue security risk," Rahming told The Nassau Guardian.
"We have a number of prison officers who are turning up to work. They are being assisted, and they are doing an excellent job."
For security reasons, he declined to disclose the number of Defence Force officers stationed at the prison.
At a press conference yesterday, executives of the National Congress of Trade Unions of The Bahamas (NCTUB) and its affiliate, the Bahamas Prison Officers Association (BPOA), said prison administrators, as well as the present and past governments have failed to address the majority of prison officers' concerns.
"The brave men and women charged with overseeing the care and protection of inmates have been subjected to deplorable and dangerous conditions that have caused short and long-term illnesses to the point where they are unable to work," said NCTUB President Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson at the press conference at the Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union's headquarters on Horse Shoe Drive.
However, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said the government has done "a great deal" to address these concerns.
"I think if you compare what we have done, compared with any other administration you would have to conclude that we have done a great deal," Turnquest said.
This is the third time prison officers have conducted a sick-out "just weeks before a general election", according to Dr. Rahming.
Isaacs-Dotson said the actions taken by the officers are not politically motivated.
She also said the umbrella union will increase its public campaign "and do what it must", including taking legal action to ensure HMP staff work in a "safe and healthy environment".
Last month, NCTUB threatened industrial action over labor issues it claimed were outstanding, such as insufficient drinking water for staff; poorly functioning running water facilities in the prison; the perimeter wall not being completed after more than five years and the roof of the maximum security wing needing repairs.
Rahming claimed many of the issues are longstanding, "beyond the scope of the prison itself and many of them are just outright not true", although he did not elaborate.
Turnquest said the Defence Force officers stationed at the prison have the necessary training and qualifications to properly carry out prison duties.
Defence Force officers were recently called on to work at Lynden Pindling International Airport when the union that represents customs and immigration officers took industrial action over outstanding issues in its industrial agreement.
When asked if the Defence Force was being stretched by the recent actions of unions, Turnquest said: "It means that they can't do their regular duties, but they are called upon to fill in when there are some national security concerns."
He said he was of the understanding that the association's concerns were resolved, or being resolved, and has maintained an open door policy for its executives.

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Are the holidays hurting your feet

This is the season to be merry, however it is often not a merry time for the feet. Lots of holiday shopping usually means lots of walking and even sometimes running. In addition, it is time for lots of standing while cooking, during parties, at church and even at Junkanoo. In addition most people, especially women, will be wearing new shoes during these activities. All of these factors can add up to painful feet!
A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) showed that painful feet are a common occurrence during the holiday madness, and the number one way women soothe their aching feet is by moisturizing them. Women admitted that stretching and massaging their feet is also on the list of favorite foot fixers. Here are more ways to keep your feet merry this holiday season.
Exercise your toes: Toe cramping is common due to long hours of walking, often in tight shoes. Avoid toe cramping by raising your toes, pointing and curling them for five seconds in each direction, then repeat 10 times. You can do this several times a day and you won't even break a sweat! But your toes will get relief.
Massage your feet: Women like it because it works! Massaging releases tension, increases circulation and rejuvenates the skin after a long day on your feet. Get out the lotion and rub those toes. Better yet, get a spouse, child or friend to do it. You can also use a foot bath or tub to massage the feet. Fill the tub with warm water and your favorite fragrant moisturizing soap and let the jets massage your feet. People who are diabetic should not soak or use hot water on their feet.
Elevate your legs: Long hours of standing, walking and evening sitting can cause the feet to swell, especially at the end of the day. Reduce swelling by elevating the legs, by sitting or lying down and lifting the legs above your heart.
Rotate your ankles: Because of swelling and long hours of standing and walking, the ankles can get tired and ache. Relax your feet by rotating your ankles, turn your ankle up toward your head, down toward the floor then right and left, slowly five times. This loosens up the ankle joints and increases blood flow to the area.
Wear smart shoes: For the most part during your holiday activities like shopping and cooking, wear sensible, comfortable shoes and avoid high heels! Save the high heels for actual dressed-up events. If you know you will be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with arch support and a padded sole.
When purchasing shoes, do so in the afternoon and be sure to try them on and walk in them in the store to be sure they fit properly. Do not wear shoes that don't fit, they will cause blisters and other injury to the feet.
For people who already have problems with their feet, for example heel pain, Plantar fasciitis or even an injury to the feet, it is vital to follow the podiatrist's instructions and continue to wear the prescribed footwear during the holiday. It will prevent relapse and the return of pain and other symptoms after the holiday.
Prevent injury: It is important to not over-do it and prevent any injury to your feet while rushing to complete holiday activities. Pay particular attention to footwear and walking surfaces. Drinking alcohol and other substances also increases your risk of injury. Continue your exercise routine during the holiday season. Be sure to stretch before and after exercising. Wear new sports shoes cautiously, by gradually increasing the time your wear them each day until you adjust.
If you follow these tips and suggestions you can prevent injury and ensure that your feet are also merry during this holiday season. However, foot injuries and pain including fractures, ankle sprains, blisters, ingrown toenails, etc. are common foot complaints during and after the holiday. If you do get an injury or develop foot pain, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Remember the reason for the season. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

For more information visit www.apma.org or to see a podiatrist visit the Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street - 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane - 394-5820.

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'Fireman' given warm welcome back in Eleuthera

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas - Complete with a Junkanoo rush-out, a motorcade to the Wemyss Bight Park, a welcome ceremony, and school visits, Eleuthera's number one sports hero is back home, and once again, basking in the spotlight.
Chris 'The Fireman' Brown was warmly received by a most grateful people Wednesday evening at the Rock Sound International Airport, here in South Eleuthera. Despite grand celebrations following Olympic silver in 2008 and Olympic gold in 2012, this time around carried special feelings for Brown in that it was his first time home in nearly two year; the first time back since winning individual silver at Sopot World Indoor Championships, and he had the pleasure of bringing his wife and two daughters along for the ride this time.
Brown, who tries to come back home at least once a year, said that he embraces every opportunity he has to return to the island of pineapples, specifically the serene settlement of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera.
"It's a great feeling to be back home," said Brown yesterday. "I thank God for allowing me to stay healthy and be alive to see this wonderful day. You know, once you get on the school grounds and see the excitement of the kids, it's such a wonderful feeling. It's a blessing and I thank God for it."
The people of South Eleuthera certainly love having him, and his presence back home is so significant that it was covered by local and international media, specifically the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) 'Day in the Life' Team, featuring journalists from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada just to name a few.
It was just last month when Brown ran to the silver medal in the men's 400 meters (m) at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. He ran a personal best time to collect a record extending fifth individual medal in the event, a silver. Also, at age 35, he became the oldest ever to run that fast indoors.
Brown now has five individual medals at the world indoors, four relay medals from the world outdoors, and gold, silver and bronze from the Olympics. He was also twice fourth at the world championships, and twice fourth at the Olympics, and is largely regarded as the greatest track star out of Eleuthera.
It is in that vein that Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Danny Johnson vowed to construct and dedicate the Chris Brown Sports Academy in Eleuthera, at a cocktail reception on Wednesday night.
On Thursday here in Eleuthera, it was all about the school visits, and out of that, came a commitment from Chris Brown, through one of his mentors Michael Coakley and sponsor Adidas, to one-day construct a suitable track facility in the southern part of the island. Coakley is the local coach who got Brown re-interested in the sport, after he considered quitting at a very young age.
"These kids are so valuable to our future in The Bahamas," said Brown. "I'm looking to have an impact to where not just one Chris Brown could come off the island. Seeing some meaningful infrastructure here on the island is very important to me. It's a goal of mine to see something tangible created right here in South Eleuthera. I think that will go a long way in inspiring the next generation."
Also on Thursday, while at one of his alma maters Preston H. Albury, Brown through Adidas, donated running shoes to the school's track and field team.
In total, Brown visited five Eleutheran schools on Thursday - Preston H. Albury Senior High, his primary school Wemyss Bight Primary, Emma Cooper Primary and Central Eleuthera High both in Palmetto Point, and finally Governor's Harbour Primary. He along with his wife and two daughters were given the red carpet treatment at each one.
He is set to visit three more schools today - the Spanish Wells and Harbour Island All-Age Schools, and the North Eleuthera High School.
Brown's general message to the many youngsters on Thursday was consistent throughout, that is to always strive for greatness and never quit on your dreams, no matter how high the obstacles are that might be in your way. He also gave assurance that he has no plans of hanging up the running shoes anytime soon. At an age when most are slowing in track and field, Brown seems to be as strong as ever. He ran a personal best at the world indoors this year.
"You know when I hear out there that I am slowing down and that I should retire, that does something to me," said Brown. "I'm one of the most competitive guys you would find. The negative stuff just encourages me to go out there, by the grace of God, and keep producing the times that I am producing. I feel good, and I'm looking to go strong into Rio in 2016."
The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Brown said that he might hang up the running shoes after that event, but he admitted that he could very well continue beyond that as well.
Back here in Eleuthera, the island's local hero also opened the Chris 'The Fireman' Brown One Eleuthera Primary Schools Track and Field Meet, at the Preston Albury Track, in Rock Sound. The meet, which will conclude today, features 13 primary schools across Eleuthera.
As for Brown, from the moment he disembarked the Bahamasair Dash 8 Jet here in Rock Sound, to the departure of IAAF 'Day in the Life' Team on Friday, Brown and his family were showered with gifts and affection. He is truly loved here in Eleuthera, and it was evident by the numbers who greeted him at the airport, the long line of cars on the motorcade, the fans who waved from their homes and on the side of the road, and, of course, the outpouring of love he got at the various schools.
Whilst this weekend is all about the return home of the pride and joy of Eleuthera, next month will be all the world relays, and Brown said that, along with his teammates, he is looking forward to coming home and putting on a good performance.

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Bahamian designer debuts Minka swimwear line at Miami Fashion Week

Back over Versace, Bahamian fashion designer
Latoya Hanna-Moxey is making her way down the catwalk this week,
debuting her line of Minka swimwear at Miami Fashion Week.

The Miami Beach International Fashion Week is
said to be the fifth largest event on the fashion calendar and from
March 21 to 24, the Caribbean is being represented in a big way.

Hanna-Moxey has been invited to showcase a minimum of 20 pieces in her collection this week, with accessories and shoes to boot.

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Pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs means you have shin splints

Most athletes get shin splints at one time or another. But even if you aren't a professional athlete and at one time or other, you may have had to sprint to catch a bus or chase down your toddler, you may have shin splints if you feel throbbing and aching pains in your shins.

What are shin splints?
If you have pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs, you have shin splints. It is inflammation of the front of the lower leg and is also called tibial stress syndrome. The shin or shank bone is the tibia, the larger and stronger of the two bones in the lower leg that connects the knee with the ankle bones. It is one of the strongest weight-bearing bones in the body.
Shin splints are very common - especially in athletes. They cause 13 percent of all running injuries. They are often seen after runners increase their workout intensity (distance, length or speed) or change the surface they run on - like shifting from a dirt path to asphalt. Shin splints are also common in dancers, soccer players and can be seen in almost any athlete.

What causes shin splints?
Inflammation to the shin results from the repeated pulling of the muscles in the leg away from the shin. A number of factors can contribute to this including having flat feet, tight calf muscles, improper training techniques, overuse of the muscles causing them to become irritated and swollen, stress fractures (tiny breaks in the bone), worn out or improper workout shoes/sneakers, as well as running or walking on uneven surfaces.

What do shin splints feel like?
Most people with shin splints complain of dull, aching pain in the front of the lower leg. Some people feel it only during exercise; others feel it when they've stopped exercising. Sometimes, the pain can be constant.
Depending on the cause of the shin splints, the pain may be located on either side of the shinbone or in the muscles themselves. These painful, swollen muscles can sometimes irritate the nerves going to the feet, causing them to feel weak or numb.
Get help if the pain to the lower leg continues, it is recommended that you see your podiatrist for an evaluation and necessary treatment. To diagnose shin splints, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. They may want to see how you walk or run to look for any gait problems. In addition, x-rays or bone scans may be ordered to look for fractures.

Treatment for shin splints
Regardless of the cause of the shin splints, treatment is usually the same.
o Rest is vital to allow the area to heal. Take a break from your exercise routine allowing the muscles of the lower leg to rest and heal.
o Ice the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.
o Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will also help with pain and swelling.
o Arch supports for your shoes. Orthotics will help with flat feet and decrease muscle strains from over pronation.
o Stretching and range of motion exercises are very important to increase flexibility. Athletes must do warm-up and cool down exercises every time they work out.
o Neoprene sleeve shin guards can be used to support and warm the leg, especially during exercise or sports.
o Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles in your shins.
o Wear properly fitted, supportive shoes that are in good condition and not worn out.
o In very rare cases, surgery is needed for severe stress fractures.

When will shin splints heal?
You cannot predict exactly when the shin splints will heal; it depends on what caused it in the first place and how well you are following the treatment recommendations. It can take anywhere from three to six months to resolve. The most important thing is not to rush back into your sport. If you start exercising too soon before your shin splints are healed, you cause permanent damage.
I know it is very difficult for someone who exercises regularly to not exercise. While the shin splints are healing, you could take up a new non-impact sporting activity that won't aggravate your shin splints like swimming, cycling, weightlifting, etc.
Shin splints are fully healed when the injured leg is as flexible as the other leg, it feels as strong as the other leg and you can jog, sprint, and jump without pain. X-rays are repeated and will be normal, showing that the stress fractures have healed.

How to prevent shin splints
To prevent shin splints, you should always wear shoes with good support and padding, warm up before working out, ensuring that you stretch the muscles in your legs. Stop working out as soon as you feel pain in your shins and don't run or play on hard surfaces. It is better for your feet and legs to work out on a wooden floor, packed dirt/sand rather than asphalt or concrete.

For more information on shin splints email foothealth242@gmail.com or visit www.footphysicians.com or www.webmd.com. To see a podiatrist, visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820.

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