Peter Blanpied

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  • Office Location: University of Rhode Island
    Department of Physical Therapy
    Independence Square, Room 111
    Kingston, RI 02881


Peter Blanpied, PhD, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT is Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Rhode Island where his academic focus is on biomechanics and musculoskeletal therapeutics. He has a BS in physical therapy from Ithaca College, an advanced MS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, and a PhD in physical therapy from the University of Iowa. He has been a Physical Therapist for over 35years, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has practiced in hospital inpatient and outpatient, extended care, and private practice settings. He currently sees patients in addition to his academic responsibilities at URI. He has participated in many continuing education programs and is active in the APTA and the AAOMPT and has been a Reviewer or an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy for over 20 years. His scholarly products include numerous peer-reviewed publications, national and international presentations, and a book chapter. He lives in West Kingston, RI with his wife Carol (also a PT).


  • Synthesizing evidence for conservative management of neck pain
  • Use of ultrasound imaging to identify myofascial triggerpoints


  • Manual Therapy Fellowship, Evidence In Motion, 2012
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989
  • M.S., University of North Carolina, 1984
  • B.S., Ithaca College, 1979

Teaching Responsibilities:

PHT 501  Applied Anatomy

PHT 510  Biomechanics

PHT 550  Musculoskeletal PT I

PHT 655  Diagnostic Imaging

PHT 552  Musculoskeletal PT II

PHT 610, 620, 630, 640  Evidence Based Inquiry I – IV

PHT 513 Elective (Advanced Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise)


Professional Service:

Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy


Selected Publications

Neck pain: clinical practice guidelines linked to the international classification of functioning, disability and health, 2017 revision. Blanpied P, Gross A, Elliott J, Devaney L, Clewley D, Walton D, Sparks C, Robertson E. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 47(7):A1-A83, 2017.

Dietary carbohydrate and protein manipulation and exercise recovery in novice weight-lifters. Benjamin L, Blanpied P, Lamont L. Journal Exerc Physiol on line 12(6):33-39, 2009.

Intra-articular anesthesia and knee muscle response. Oksendahl HL , Fleming BC, Blanpied PR, Hulstyn MJ, Fadale PD. Clin. Biomech 22(5):529-536, 2007.

Reaction times and electromechanical delay in reactions of increasing and decreasing force. Blanpied P, Oksendahl H. Percep Motor Skills 103, 743-754, 2006.

Effectiveness of two Arthritis Foundation programs: Walk With Ease and You Can Break the Arthritis Pain Cycle. Bruno M, Cummins S, Gaudiano L, Stoos J, Blanpied P. Clinical Interventions in Aging 1(3):295-306, 2006.

Flexible foil exercise and shoulder internal and external rotation strength. Sugimoto D, Blanpied P. J Athl Train 41(3):280-285, 2006.