Dr Kerry Peek

PhD, M Clin Sci, PG Cert (Sports Physio), BSc (Hons) Physio

Doctor Kerry Peek

Background

Dr Kerry Peek graduated with an honours degree in physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 1997, and worked clinically in a wide variety of settings including private practice, sport, hospital and community. Dr Peek is a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney.

Dr Peek has worked with many athletes across a range of sports, age groups, and playing levels – in football, rugby, motor racing, American football, and winter sports. Her current research is focussed on heading in football, where she has presented to the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) medical committee and assisted in drafting UEFA’s heading guidelines as well as at the Australian Coaching Conference in 2020. Dr Peek is the current Chair of the NSW State Council for Sports Medicine Australia and a member of Football Australia’s Concussion Expert Working Group.

Research focus

Dr Peek leads a program of research focused on the mitigation of sports-related head and neck injuries, including sports related concussion. She collaborates with international experts in musculoskeletal health and injury reduction including teams from Saarland University (Germany), Western University (Canada), Queen’s University (Canada), Queen’s University (Northern Ireland) and Macquarie University (NSW) as well as a number of sporting associations and clubs.

Dr Peek’s current research projects include:

  • The role of neck strength on concussion incidence in adolescent contact sport athletes.
  • The relationship between neck strength and head acceleration during purposeful heading in football (soccer).
  • The relationship between head acceleration and sex, level of playing experience, ball size and pressure, heading technique and neck strength during purposeful heading.
  • The type and frequency of head impacts during adolescent football matches.

Research papers

Dr Peek’s latest research papers include:

Peek, K., Meyer, T., Beaudouin, F., McKay, M. (2021). Heading incidence in boys football over three seasons. Science and Medicine in Football, 5(3), 175-180.

Elliott, J., Heron, N., Versteegh, T., Gilchrist, I., Webb, M., Archbold, P., Hart, N., Peek, K. (2021). Injury Reduction Programs for Reducing the Incidence of Sport-Related Head and Neck Injuries Including Concussion: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine, 51(11), 2373-2388.

Peek, K., McKay, M., Fu, A., Meyer, T., Oxenham, V., Esopenko, C., Caccese, J., Andersen, J. (2021). The effect of ball characteristics on head acceleration during purposeful heading in male and female youth football players. Science and Medicine in Football, 5(3), 195-203.

Peek, K., Vella, T., Meyer, T., Beaudouin, F., McKay, M. (2021). The incidence and characteristics of purposeful heading in male and female youth football (soccer) within Australia. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 24(6), 603-608.

Peek, K., Elliott, J., Orr, R. (2020). Higher neck strength is associated with lower head acceleration during purposeful heading in soccer: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23(5), 453-462.

Peek, K., Elliott, J., Gardner, A. (2020). Purposeful heading in youth soccer: Time to use our heads. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 50(8), 415-417.