How to Avoid Shin Splints

Managing director for Merrill Lynch, Eric Schimpf oversees the Global Corporate & Institutional Advisory Services (GCIAS) group. In his free time, Eric Schimpf enjoys staying active by running and golfing.

Running is a great exercise that offers many mental and physical benefits. However, running can also lead to injuries, one of the most common being shin splints, which cause a burning pain in the lower leg. One of the leading causes of shin splints is running too much, too soon. Runners need to gradually increase their mileage to avoid putting stress on their bodies, and they should try to cross-train with low-impact activities, such as swimming and rowing.

Runners with the tendency to land on their toe or heel are also more likely to get shin splints. The best thing to do is to land mid-foot, which will help to avoid both strains and shin splints. When choosing a shoe, it is also important to find one that offers solid arch support without excessive cushioning.


About the West Point Nomination Process

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Eric Schimpf has gone on to serve as managing director with Merrill Lynch. Eric Schimpf formally advised United States Senator Bob Corker in his nomination of candidates to the five U.S. service academies.

At West Point Military Academy, students receive a high-level education with practical career training and the chance to serve for five years as an officer in the military. The education and experience that they receive prepare them for a number of long-term career opportunities at no cost to them or their families. Admission is highly competitive; students who apply must demonstrate outstanding academic and athletic achievement as well as leadership capabilities and involvement in the community.

Students must also receive an official nomination from a member of Congress or the Vice President of the United States. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives may nominate from their own districts or states. The Vice President has nationwide authority to nominate but may only have a limited number of nominated students attending each Academy. Most applicants submit either a Senate, House, or Vice Presidential nomination, although some applicants have family service histories that qualify them for military service connected nominations.

Golf Putting Tips

Golf Putting tips A managing director at Merrill Lynch, Eric Schimpf oversees the Global Corporate and Institutional Advisory Services group. In his spare time, Eric Schimpf enjoys running and hitting the golf course.

As vital as a long drive, putting is one of the most important aspects of sinking a golf ball. Ensuring that proper techniques are used is imperative to completing a game under par. When putting, creating a solid pre-shot routine is key. A pre-shot routine involves checking the line, addressing slightly away from the golf ball, examining alignment, and practicing one’s swing prior to making a putt. Practice swings are fundamental, as they give a player a greater grasp of the amount of strength and quickness that will be applied upon execution. Failing to practice a swing increases the likelihood of landing in three-putt territory.

Another useful tip is to allow for more break when playing on a slope or hill. This technique is known as a curling putt; a type of swing which increases the curve at which the ball is putted to ensure it has a higher chance of dropping into the hole. For example, on turf that slopes down to the right, a player should aim toward the left of the hole. This will make the ball travel on a curve and fall into the hole from the high side.