Jim Miller

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Dr. Jim Miller, medical specialist and experienced Medical Director at the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Photo by Skip Storch
Jim Miller MD, a frequent speaker on the world circuit. Photo by Skip Storch
Dr. Jim Miller is the world's foremost physician on the sport of open water swimming. He has observed and serve as the responsible medical physician at numerous world championships and professional marathon swims on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit and the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit.

As one of the FINA Sports Medicine Committee members and an accomplished open water swimming event Medical Director, Dr. Miller has been instrumental in developing procedures and protocols to safeguard athletes in open water swimming competitions and identifying injuries and illnesses that afflict these athletes as a result of swimming in water of low quality.

He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world including keeping audiences enthralled at the Global Open Water Swimming Conferences in Long Beach, California and New York City.

He has received the prestigious Ransom Arthur Award in 1999, as did his wife Patricia Miller in 2013.

He also is an contributor to the FINA Aquatics World Magazine, as co-editor of the Sports Medicine section and an excellent photographer who has captured key moments at major international open water swimming competitions around the world.

He is also one of the owners of the Family Practice Specialists of Richmond, a successful medical clinic in the State of Virginia.

Example of Publications

In addition to his work in the sport of open water swimming, Dr. Miller is a multi-faceted physician with interests that span the entire spectrum of aquatic sports.

In the first issue of the FINA Aquatics World Magazine, Dr. Miller wrote an educational article on Maintaining Health: The Best Prevention of Chronic Injuries. He wrote that the key to treating chronic injuries is in their prevention. Dr. Miller outlined three basic principles for the elite, age-group, adult and fitness athletes:

1. Nutrition - as in, refuel during and immediately after training
2. Hydration - as in, drink enough so the color of your urine is clear by mid-day
3. Sleep - as in, sufficient restorative sleep is an absolute requirement

Despite adherence to these three principles, injuries may occur. Dr. Miller strongly advises two additional tenants:

1. The athlete must recognize that the earlier the injury is addressed, the quicker the recovery and the less training is affected.
2. Swimming has unique needs and injuries that are problematic for the athletes. Not only can the injuries be either overuse or traumatic in nature, but also the dry land programs designed for swimming must meet these needs.

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