oh please . . . depth drops are for advanced athletes? of course not, anyone can do them, shock absorption training is by far the most effective way to eliminate shin splints, ever. let me explain . . .
last summer i made a goal to be able to dunk a basketball. I noticed that i was abnle to get up in the air the most off a 4 step, slow, long strided run up, any more speed or steps, and my shin would explode on the jump. I started doing the drops, and after some improvement, i could take a longer runup without feeling pain in the shins . . . i increased the ability of my muscles to absorb force, it was a weak area of mine, and i fixed it, and i am a high school senior by the way, unexperienced, have been training seriously for 8 months.
I simply feel he has the same exact problem, and also may be working out too hard, try the drop jumps, 1ce or 2wice a week, 1 footed or 2 footed, i do them 1 footed off stairs, would do them 2 footed but i have nothing high enough.
Ankle hops are ok . . if you want to improve ur ankle strength form ankle hops, you would need to do a fair amount, or add weights to up the intensity, it would need to be a workout. And in that video, the guy’s form is atrocious, knee bend needs to be minimized in a true ankle hop . . . hence, using ankle strength. But i would suggest adding weights, doing calf work for 1 microcycle at least, add 1 or 2 workouts a week of drops and weighted calf (tension releasing) work.