Dr. Jim Miller is an American physician and 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. He is one of the owners of the Family Practice Specialists of Richmond, a successful medical clinic in the State of Virginia.
- He was selected as an Honor Contributor of the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2019 to be inducted on 13 September 2019.
- He is a long-time member of the FINA Sports Medicine Committee and a prolific open water swimming event Medical Director.
- He was instrumental in developing procedures and protocols to safeguard athletes in open water swimming competitions and identifying injuries and illnesses that impact 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 from U.S. Masters Swimming in 1999, as did his wife Patricia Miller in 2013.
- He is an contributor to the FINA Aquatics World Magazine, as its 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 was a contributor of the Science of Swimming Faster, edited by Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo and published by Human Kinetics.
- 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.
Safety Conference Video
- Dr. Jim Miller On WOWSA Live
- Navigating With The First Couple Of Open Water Swimming
- Good Turns Versus Poor Turns In The Open Water
- Bona Fide Barraesque
- Haley Anderson's Bright Smile Comes From Within
- Domestic Racing Bodes Well For International Competition
- Body Parts Wash Ashore on Copacabana Beach
- Volunteers Make The Open Water World Go Round
- Swimming Is Medicine
- Do Freestyle To Escape The Need For FreeStyle
- How Do You Pee And Poop During An Open Water Swim?
- The Value Of Safety And Preparedness In The Open Water
- It's Miller Time At U.S. Masters Swimming
- Finding True Love In The Open Water
- Family Practice Specialists of Richmond
- Dr. Jim Miller on Chronic Injuries
- Medical Rules of Open Water Swimming
- Dr. Miller on Open Water Wednesday
- Marathon Swimming
- Dealing With Insomnia Before Getting In The Open Water
- What Is A Medical Director To Do In The Open Water?
- World Open Water Swimming Association