Derek Miles

Derek Miles is a residency trained physical therapist currently working at Stanford Children’s Hospital as the Advanced Clinical Specialist in the rehabilitation department. He worked at the University of Florida prior for 10 years in sports medicine treating a variety of athletic injuries from overuse to post-operative. He is involved in the peer review process for academic journals and has spoken at national level conferences within the physical therapy profession. If not treating patients or in the gym Derek is likely either cooking some form of meat or reading books related to various random topics. He occasionally brews a pretty good American Pale Ale as well.

The Science of Training Motivation

The ability to engage in physical activity is an integral component of the maintenance of health and independence with age. This capacity is typically developed through increased activity, either through manual labor or deliberate exercise. Current recommendations for physical activity vary by age group, with adolescents recommended to engage in at least one hour of …

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When Symmetry Matters: A Look At Instances in Where Indexes Matter After Injury

Performance in specific sports requires specific adaptations, while developing overall physical literacy and athletic power is predicated on a broad range of traits. If an individual is meeting the base physical activity guidelines as either a youth or an adult, the minutiae of small asymmetries does not warrant further attention. Some sports have shown asymmetries …

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On Perfect Technique

Belief that you can perform a task is an essential component to beginning the process of mastery. There are a host of both internal and external motivational factors that can either help, or hinder those beliefs. In this article, we will primarily focus on the relationship between demands and resources. The perceived demands of the …

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Post-Operative Knee Rehabilitation

There are a variety of knee surgeries that may be recommended for an individual. These range from “minimally invasive” (also known as arthroscopic) surgeries, such as ACL reconstruction, to fully “open” procedures, such as total knee replacement. Regardless of the surgery performed, a well-designed rehabilitation program is essential for good outcomes and a return to …

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Part V: Current Recommendations for Youth Resistance Training

Hopefully after our journey through Part I, Part II, Part III  and Part IV of this series it is clear that youth benefit from a variety of stimuli in their overall training plan. Resistance training is a critically important part of this approach. The question now becomes: what is the ideal dose of resistance training …

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Resistance Training for Youth: Part I

This series will analyze current evidence for training the general youth populations as well as for those who already consider themselves athletes. We will give a historical perspective on the state of strength training in youth and offer recommendations for training individuals and teams. These recommendations will serve as the basis for developing strength and …

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Strength Training for the Endurance Athlete Part III: Programming

The benefits of resistance training for reducing injury risk in endurance athletes was covered in  Part 1 of this series.  In Part 2, we examined the role of resistance training with respect to endurance performance and the fundamental principles of programming. Today we will wrap things up by discussing the practical implementation of resistance training …

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