Peter Kriz, M.D.
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Division of Sports Medicine
Dr. Kriz is a graduate of Boston College and Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kriz completed a pediatric and chief residency at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital. He completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston in 2010. Dr. Kriz's research interests include injury prevention in youth sports and sport-related concussion. He currently provides team physician responsibilities to student-athletes at Brown University and several area high schools, and concussion management for the Providence Bruins Professional Hockey Team. Special interests include biomechanical/video analysis and injury assessment of the throwing athlete, musculoskeletal ultrasound, dance medicine, and sports concussion management. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and has lectured at several national meetings on the topic of youth sports injuries.
2 Dudley St.
1 Kettle Point Ave.
East Providence, RI
1598 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
- Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
- Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Assistant Professor (Clinical), Brown Medical School, Division of Sports Medicine
Courtney Peck, PA-C
Courtney Peck, PA-C has been with University Orthopedics for several years.
She is a graduate of University of New Hampshire obtaining degrees in Teaching and Athletic Training. She attended Western Michigan University for her PA studies and since then, she has worked in Orthopedics/Sports Medicine for over 10 years. Prior to joining this practice, she was at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Sports Medicine Department. She is board certified by NCCPA and licensed by the state medical board of RI. Areas of interest include sports and overuse injuries, injury prevention and sports related concussion.
Dr. Peter Kriz recently featured on WPRI NEW 12, warning parents of the dangers of pushing young athletes.
Dr. Kriz performs 2-dimensional (2D) high-speed video analysis of baseball pitchers at our Butler clinic/gymnasium location on Friday afternoons. This assessment is open to youth, high school, and college throwing athletes—whether they have incurred a pitching-related injury or just would like an objective assessment of their pitching biomechanics.
This evaluation consists of two visits. The first visit is one hour and begins with a history, physical examination, review of pertinent imaging studies (e.g., X-rays, MRIs) if indicated. After a proper warmup and stretch, an in-depth assessment of the pitcher’s mechanics during all phases of the pitching delivery (windup, stride, cocking, acceleration, deceleration, and follow-through) is provided utilizing 2D video analysis. A biomechanical screening tool (ACES—Assessment of biomeChanical Efficiency System) is utilized to score the pitcher’s performance. This screening tool is currently being developed by researchers at Brown, Harvard, and the University of South Carolina.
The second visit is 30 minutes and occurs several weeks later. During this session, we review the video with the athlete, and the athlete receives a detailed analysis of his pitching mechanics to identify biomechanical strengths and errors which may be compromising performance and contributing to injury. Additionally, physical therapy or strength & conditioning recommendations may be made for the thrower to incorporate into either in- or off-season programs. With the athlete’s consent, this video can also be made available to the athlete’s pitching coach, physical therapist, and strength/conditioning coach via a secure, internet-based portal.
We have found that this multidisciplinary approach to injured throwers can be successful in correcting kinetic chain imbalances, guiding rehabilitation, preventing injury recurrence, and enhancing performance.
The cost is $295. Please call Dr. Kriz’s office at (401) 457-2188 to schedule.
If you have scheduled an assessment in our Thrower’s Clinic, please remember to bring appropriate clothing and equipment (shorts/sweatpants, sneakers, glove).
Please see Dr. Kriz’s publications on 2D video analysis and ulnar collateral injuries.
R. Montagano Pitching Analysis
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Questions and answers on youth sports and concussion risk with Dr. Peter Kriz
Dr. Peter Kriz, chief of primary care sports medicine at University Orthopedics and assistant team physician for Brown University Athletics, answered a set of questions on the risks of concussions in youth sports in general and Pop Warner (football) in particular. Please click here to read the complete article.
Knocked out: Concussion study questions involvement of young teens in collision sports
The study by a Providence doctor ran from 2012 to 2015 and involved 145 patients ages 13 to 18.
Dr. Peter Kriz featured in Providence Journal article, please click here to read the complete article. Excerpt below.
...It would typically involve a 14-year-old hockey player who was talented enough to make the varsity squad but was still going through puberty.
"He had peach fuzz and weighed 140 pounds soaking wet," said Kriz. "He was going in to the corner to dig out a puck."
That's when a larger, usually fully developed defender came swooping in to deliver a hit so jarring it injured the child's brain, requiring time out of school and sport to heal.
"It was like a broken record," said Kriz, who became so concerned about the pattern that in 2012 he launched a study with colleagues in Massachusetts to collect data on concussions in male and female hockey players. He did the research as a sports medicine physician and researcher with Hasbro Children’s Hospital... Read more here.
Concussion injury potential offsets benefit of ‘playing up’ in youth hockey, study argues
Dr. Peter Kriz featured in "The Globe and Mail" article by WENCY LEUNG, click here to read the complete article.
Excerpt from article: ...Lead author Dr. Peter Kriz, of the department of orthopedics at Rhode Island Hospital, explains that talented young athletes are often encouraged to “play up,” or to play at a higher level with older, more advanced players, to give them opportunity to develop skills. In some circumstances, 14-year-olds may be grouped with players aged 18 and under, he says.
“The potential injury risk, specifically with concussion, probably outweighs the benefits of developing skill,” says Kriz, a sports-medicine physician affiliated with Brown University. “What we see is sometimes those really skilled, younger, undersized players accrue a few injuries, and then, unfortunately, they can’t really sustain contact. They get symptomatic and in some cases they have to leave the sport.” Read more here.
Original Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
- Parker B, Augeri A, Capizzi J, Troyanos C, Kriz P, d’Hemecourt P, Thompson P. Effect of air travel on exercise-induced coagulatory and fibrinolytic activation in marathon runners. Clin J Sport Med 2011 Mar; 21 (2): 126-30.
- Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Kupchak BR, Volek JS, Troyanos C, Kriz P, d'Hemecourt P, Thompson PD. Effect of marathon run and air travel on pre- and post-run soluble d-dimer, microparticle procoagulant activity, and p-selectin levels. Am J Cardiol. 2012 May 15;109(10):1521-5.
- Kriz PK, Comstock RD, Zurakowski D, Almquist JL, Collins CL, d’Hemecourt PA. Effectiveness of protective eyewear in reducing eye injuries among high school field hockey players. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130 (6): 1069-75.
- Kriz PK, Zurakowski D, Ruggieri D, Almquist JL, Reynolds J, Collins CL, d’Hemecourt PA, Comstock RD. Eye protection and risk of eye injuries in high school field hockey. Pediatrics. 2015 Sept; 136 (3): 521-527.
- DeFroda SF, Kriz PK, Fadale PD. Risk stratification for ulnar collateral ligament tears in major league baseball players: a retrospective study from 2007 to 2014. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Feb; 4 (2) 2325967115627126 DOI: 10.1177/2325967115627126
- Kriz PK, Stein C, Kent J, Ruggieri D, Dolan E, O’Brien MJ, Meehan WP. Physical maturity and concussion symptom duration among adolescent ice hockey players. J Pediatr. 2016;171:234-239.
- Gil JA, DeFroda SF, Kriz PK, Owens BD. Epidemiology of snow skiing- vs. snowboarding-related concussions presenting to the emergency room in the United States in 2014. Curr Sports Med Rep.2016. Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]
Other Peer Reviewed Publications
- Parker BA, Thompson PD, Kriz PK, d’Hemecourt PA. Deep vein thrombosis in athletes: risks of racing and resting. AMAA Journal 2010; 23(1): 7-9.
- Kriz PK, d’Hemecourt PA. Overuse injuries in the young athlete: an update. European Musculoskeletal Review 2011; 6(4): 286-290.
- Kriz PK. Overuse injuries in the young athlete. Medicine & Health Rhode Island 2011; 94(7): 203-208.
- Kriz PK, Meehan WP. Concussion. First Consult, MD Consult Web site. Available at https://www.mdconsult.com/das/pdxmd/body/379653760-6/1377542450?type=med&eid=9-u1.0-_1_mt_2001133. Posted April 2012.
- Waryasz GR, Tambone R, Kriz PK. Update on concussion management for the Rhode Island clinician. RI Med J. 2015; 98(2): 31-5.
- Kriz PK. Current controversies regarding body checking and tackling in youth sports. Curr Treat Options Peds. 2015; 1(2):132-141.
- Kriz PK, Rafferty J, Evangelista P, Van Valkenburg S, Digiovanni CW. Stress fracture of the second metatarsal and sprain of Lisfranc joint in a pre-professional ballet dancer. J Dance Med Sci. 2015;19(2):80-5.
- Tracy A, Klinge P, Morrison J, Jayaraman MV, Kriz PK. Traumatic superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm in a helmeted lacrosse player. Curr Sports Med Rep.2016 Jan-Feb; 15(1): 1-3.
- DeFroda SF, Thigpen C, Kriz PK. Two-dimensional video analysis of youth and adolescent pitching biomechanics: a tool for the common athlete. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016 Sep-Oct;15(5):350-8.
- Kriz PK, Clyne A, Ford SR. Preparticipation physical exams: the Rhode Island perspective, a call for standardization. R I Med J. 2016;99(10):18-22.
Book and Book Chapters
- Kriz PK, d’Hemecourt PA: Blood-borne Infections in Sports. In: Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Micheli LJ (Ed), Sage Publications, Los Angeles, 2011.
- Kriz PK: Pain Management in Sports Medicine. In: Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Micheli LJ (Ed), Sage Publications, Los Angeles, 2011.
- Kriz PK: Finger Sprain. In: Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Micheli LJ (Ed), Sage Publications, Los Angeles, 2011.
- Kriz PK: Throwing Sports and Injuries Involving the Young Athlete’s Spine. In: Spinal Injuries in Young Athletes, Micheli LJ (Ed), Springer Publications, New York, 2014.
- Kriz PK, Dolan E. Protective equipment. In: Head and Neck Injuries in Young Athletes, Meehan WP, O’Brien MJ (Eds), Springer Publications, New York, 2015.
- Wilson K, Kriz PK. Baseball and softball in the young athlete. In: Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office: A Multimedia Case-Based Text with Video. 2nd ed. Metzl JD (Ed), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL, 2017 (anticipated).
- Rizzone K, Kriz PK. Collision sports in the young athlete. In: Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office: A Multimedia Case-Based Text with Video. 2nd ed. Metzl JD (Ed), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL, 2017 (anticipated).
- Kriz PK. Concussion in Youth Hockey: An Update. Presentation at USA Hockey New England District Annual Meeting. February, 2014, Nashua, NH.
- Kriz PK. Video Analysis, Kinetic Chain, and the Injured Throwing Athlete: What Your Physical Exam Won’t Tell You. Presentation at Brown University Department of Orthopedics’ Rehabilitation Summit 2014, Advances in Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity conference. April 2014, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Body Checking & Tackling in Youth Collision Sports: Point/Counterpoint. Podium Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. May 2014, Orlando, FL.
- Kriz PK. Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Young Athlete: Elusive Entities that Evade Evaluation. Presentation at Colby College’s 40th Annual Problems in Pediatrics course. July 2014, Waterville, ME.
- Kriz PK. Care of the Concussed Athlete: The Facts, the Tools, the Tricks, the Rules. Presentation at Colby College’s 40th Annual Problems in Pediatrics course. July 2014, Waterville, ME.
- Kriz PK. Sideline Care of the Young Athlete. Workshop at Colby College’s 40th Annual Problems in Pediatrics course. July 2014, Waterville, ME.
- Kriz PK. Should Body Checking & Tackling be Taught/Permitted in Youth Sports? Pediatric Grand Rounds, Rhode Island Hospital. July 2014, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Concussion in High School Ice Hockey: An Update. Presentation at Rhode Island Interscholastic League Annual High School Coaches’ Meeting. October 2014, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Sports-Related Concussion. Presentation at Brown University Department of Orthopedics’ Sports Medicine Conference. October 2014, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Should Body Checking & Tackling be Taught/Permitted in Youth Sports? Podium Presentation at New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Fall Annual Meeting. November 2014, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Pediatric Sports Medicine Update 2015. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Rhode Island Hospital. February 2015, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Sports-related Concussion: An Update. Podium Presentation at Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians’ Annual Meeting. March 2015, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Video Analysis, Kinetic Chain, and the Injured Throwing Athlete: What Your Physical Exam Won’t Tell You. Podium Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. May 2015, San Diego, CA.
- Kriz PK. Do Sports Do Any Good (Psychosocial, Academic, Physical Activity Pro’s/Con’s)? Podium Presentation at American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Conference and Exhibition Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness Roundtable Discussion on “The Ethics of Kids in Sports”. October 2015, Washington, DC.
- Kriz PK. Top 10 Best Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Articles of 2015. Podium Presentation at American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Conference and Exhibition Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness Roundtable Discussion on “The Ethics of Kids in Sports”. October 2015, Washington, DC.
- Kriz PK. Podium Presentation at Rhode Island American Academy of Pediatrics’ Annual Meeting. Key Elements of Medical History and Physical Exam for Pre-Participation Exams. November 2015, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Nonsurgical Management of Hip and Knee Arthritis: NSAIDs, Injections, and the Use of Ultrasound. Podium Presentation at 2015 Annual Brown Orthopedics Symposium: Current Topics in Active Adult Hip and Knee Orthopedics for the Primary Care Provider. November 2015, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Sports-Related Concussion: Academic Adjustments and Return to Play Considerations. Presentation at Rhode Island Interscholastic League Annual High School Coaches’ Meeting. November 2015, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Trends in Head Impact Monitoring in Ice Hockey. Podium Presentation at Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting. January 2016, Boston, MA.
- Kriz PK. Autoimmune Disease and the Athlete. Podium Presentation at Rhode Island Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting. January 2016, Kingston, RI.
- Kriz PK. Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Young Athlete: Elusive Entities that Evade Evaluation. Presentation at Brown University Department of Pediatrics’ Adolescent Medicine Conference. March 2016, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. Management of Pediatric Throwing Injuries. 4th Annual New England Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Summit. April 2016, Providence, RI.
- Kriz PK. The Youth Sports Machine: Destructive Juggernaut or Vehicle for Success? (Athletic, Academic, Career). Podium Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. June 2016, Boston, MA.
- Kriz PK. The Youth Sports Machine: Destructive Juggernaut or Vehicle for Success? (Athletic, Academic, Career). Podium Presentation at 2016 Annual Brown Orthopedics Symposium: Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine. November 2016, Providence, RI.