Performance Center

zoomThe Duke Orthopaedic Performance Center was established to train athletes* to perform better at the highest level of durability (athlete = any individual with a body).  In this light, we train anyone and everyone from the soccer mom to the weekend warrior to the elite professional athlete.  We offer specialized training and movement diagnostics using state of the art techniques. Our training sessions identify your strengths and weaknesses so we can efficiently develop a training program to normalize your movement patterns in order to optimize your performance.  Get the fitness results you are looking for at the Duke Orthopaedic Performance Center, where we build better athletes.

“If you have the ability to be better you have the responsibility to be better.” – Coach K


We are #designedtomove

What if you had five years less to live? What if your mother, father, daughter, son, wife, husband, had five years left to live? What would you do, what would you change?

This question is often used as A self reflection exercise, however, it is now much more than that. Currently, It is anticipated that the generation of children that entered elementary school last week will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. This is if we do not change the current trajectory of the health of the population. However, this trajectory is modifiable. These behaviors are changeable. Activity and wellness and play are the key to this.

When was the last time you challenged your kid to a foot race? or took a hike in the park ? or maybe even picked up a jump rope? All of these things influence not only our lives but the lives of those around us and can allow for us to give this generation their five years back and maybe give them a couple more.

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Changing Movement Is Changing Behavior


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When was the last time you changed something? anything ? and when I am referring to change I would not include activities of daily living.

Most of us do not change do to the understanding that we are operating at our optimal functional status and why would we want to change our perfect lives. This all works well until we measure out lives against an identified standard… and now is the tricky part. When we measure ourselves against said standard, what do we do with this information. Do we discard it as useless because it is new and novel ? Do we claim ourselves even more perfect since now we have achieved above some standard ? or do we take the time to think about what was being measured and how we measure up?

This is a normal process and likely one that allows us to maintain some level of normalcy on a daily basis. This experience is no different following the movement tests we perform daily. We have standards and they are unwavering. The question is how do you measure up and are you READY to be better today? The readiness to be better suggests that the desire to be better is outweighing the desire to stay in your comfort zone and to get to the place where the magic happens.

We are ready, are you ?




Evaluating Corrective Strategies and Researching Asymmetry and Injury Prediction

Sports Rehab Expert


Click to listen to Part  2 of the interview with Joe Heiler of and Dr. Rob Butler of Duke University.   The topics of discussion are evaluating corrective strategies and researching asymmetry and injury prediction.

Why the Duke OPC?

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Movement: The Foundation

“Correct human movement is not open for debate.  Technique is not some theoretical idea about the best way to move; it provides the means to fully express human movement potential in the most stable positions possible” Kelly Starrett DPT.  Ignoring this aspect is no different than placing a high performance engine in a car with a stuck parking brake.  You may experience gains, but you will never achieve full potential or improve durability.


Performance: The Bridge

“Move well and then move often” Gray Cook.  Once movement and position are onboard, endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy can be cultivated and trained.  These parameters transfer directly to sport, because they move at the speed of competition.


Skill: The Destination

The technical and tactile aspects of sport (where to be on the field, what shot to play, when to make the move to the lead) which can only be fully expressed when they are well supported.

Dr. Rob Butler’s Introduction to FMS and an Update on Current Research

Dr. Rob Butler's Introduction to FMS and an Update on Current Research

Dr. Rob Butler’s Introduction to FMS and an Update on Current Research



Click to listen to Joe Heiler from discuss with Duke University’s Dr. Rob Butler about current reasearch on FMS and his introduction into the FMS.