NorthSider2 wrote: Stretching is huge. Also shin splints comes from over training. So take it easy some times. Also icing helps a lot.
Bingo - nothing beats a steady regimin of stretching and icing regularly (as well as inactivity to let those puppies heal) when it comes to shin splints...
Have you ever tried using a direct method of icing, like freezing water in Dixie cups? After they are fully frozen, you can tear off the edges slowly and run the ice up and down your shins for 10ish minutes at a time, 3-5 times a day, for the best direct results.
Also, as far as stretching, the best stretch to relieve pain/irritation, while strengthening the lower legs, is to walk backwards, while pulling your toes towards your body with each stride. You should feel a good pull/stretch, and you'll know the exercise is working