When pre-season rolls around, I can't tell you how many times I hear "Yoga lady, please help me, I have shin splints. What can I do?". My prescription: During warm-up runs, run 1/4 of the loop backwards. For every 100 steps you take forward, take 15 backward. Of course, many will look at me like I'm crazy. But crazily, the ones who do it are cured! I have other arrows in my quiver as well, Crescent Lunge to Tip-toe for starters, but walking backwards is my go to cure.
Walking backwards gives you a chance to work out the opposing muscles in your legs and calves, and a chance to give your hamstrings and glutes a break as they do the majority of the work during walking and running.
Every time you use the stairs, walk them backwards, up and down. Not only does it help with injury, it does so much for your sense of balance. I have a ski client who walks stairs backwards all the time. He swears by it and says it cures his back ache.