College: BSEE, Cornell University, Ithaca NY (1985-1989)
Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, Buffalo NY (1989-1993)
Internship: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore-Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD, (1993-1994)
Residency: New England Medical Center Hospitals, Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts (1994-1997)
Fellowship: PM&R Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota (1997-1998) Faculty: Assistant Professor of PM&R and Orthopedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland (1998-2007)
Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
In the News
- Behind the Scenes at the Olympics (Whole U, University of Washington, February 2014)
- Seattle physician Brian Krabak will do more than treat injuries at Winter Olympics (Seattle Times, February 2010)
Regaining an Active Life
Active lifestyles range from hard-driving athletes to parents playing ball with their kids. When injury or illness takes away the ability to pursue those activities, it affects both physical and emotional health. The UW Medicine Sports and Spine Physicians team is dedicated to restoring maximum function so their patients can be fit for life.
Treating Meniscus Tears
After telemark skier Andrew Etringer heard a telltale pop in his knee, he visited sports medicine specialist Dr. Brian J. Krabak. A brace and strengthening exercises were the right course of action for Andrew's bruised meniscus. Competitive tennis player Adam Rogers needed surgery to treat the acute meniscus tear in his knee.
About Dr. Krabak
Dr. Krabak is a sports medicine physician, specializing in running medicine, who focuses on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries and on sports performance enhancement in youth and adult recreational to professional athletes.
He obtained his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and earned his medical degree from the State University of New York-Buffalo. He complete an internship at the Johns Hopkins-Sinai Hospital Internal Medicine program and his PM&R residency at Tufts University where he was chief resident. Dr. Krabak obtained specialty training in sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic and was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Medicine prior to joining the University of Washington.
Dr. Krabak has extensive sports medicine experience including:
- Olympic Games: 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, 2010 Vancouver Games, 2004 Athens Games and 2002 Salt Lake Games
- Professional Sports: Baltimore Orioles, Hagerstown Sun (NY Mets)
- Collegiate Sports: University of Washington, Seattle University, Johns Hopkins University
- National Team Physician: USA Swimming
- Medical Director: RacingThePlanet 4 Deserts Ultramarathons, Baltimore Marathon, Med-City Marathon
- Physician: Seattle Marathon, Boston Marathon
He has a particular interest in endurance athletes (runners, swimmers, triathletes, cyclists and adventure racers), concussions and baseball injuries. As a competitive athlete participating in multi-day adventure races, mountain bike races and Ironman triathlons, he understands the importance of balancing fitness and preventing injury.
Patient Care Philosophy
Dr. Krabak is passionate about helping patients regain active lifestyles and seeks to support amateur to professional athletes of all ages on a local to international level. He believes in treating the athlete as a whole, focusing on his or her specific goals.
Scope Of Care
Dr. Krabak focuses on the prevention, treatment and sports performance enhancement of sports related injuries in youth and adult athletes. Dr. Krabak works closely with the patient, therapists, athletic trainers and coaches to develop a comprehensive program to return athletes to competitive status as quickly as possible. Dr. Krabak has a particular interest in endurance athletes (swimmers, runners, triathletes, cyclists and adventure racers), concussions and baseball injuries.
He has competed in more than 30 endurance events, including 24-hour and 36-hour adventure races; XTERRA and TransRockies 250-mile Mountain Bike Race; and marathons and triathlons from Olympic to Ironman distances.
- 2013 Best Doctors in America
- 2011 Best Doctor, Washington State
- 2011 Best Doctors in America
- 2011 Marquis, Who's Who in America
- 2011 University of Washington TLC Award
- 2008 USA Swimming, High Performance Award-Sports Medicine and Science
- 2004 Education Research Fund Best Research Paper Award: Fish DE, Krabak BJ, Johnson-Greene DJ and deLateur BJ. Optimal Resistance Training: Comparison of the DeLorme and Oxford Techniques. Am J Phys Med Rehabil Dec 2003 82(12): 903-9
- 2001 Golden Goniometer Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins-Sinai Hospital PM&R Residency
- 1996, 1997 American Medical Association / Glaxo-Wellcome Achievement and Leadership Award
- 1997 Chief Resident, Department of PM&R, New England Medical Center Hospitals
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- USA Swimming High Performance Sports Medicine Network
- Non-operative sports and musculoskeletal injuries in athletes and active individuals,
- Specialization in endurance athletes including runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes
Dr. Krabak's clinical interest is in the prevention, treatment and sports performance enhancement of sports related injuries in youth and adult athletes of all levels.
Sports Medicine clinical experience includes:
- Olympic Games
- Physician - 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials
- Physician - 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
- Physician - 2004 Athens Olympics Games
- Physician - 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games
- Physician - 1996 Paralympics Games
- International Sports
- 2015 World University Games - Swimming
- 2014 FINA Swimming World Cup, Japan and Singapore
- 2012 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, Canada
- Professional/Elite Sports
- National Team Physician - USA Swimming
- Team Physician - Baltimore Orioles
- Team Physician - Hagerstown Sun (NY Mets)
- Team Physician - Baltimore Bay Runners (IBL-Basketball)
- Collegiate Sports
- Physician - University of Washington Athletics
- Physician - Seattle University Athletics
- Physician - Johns Hopkins Athletics (Football, Lacrosse, Soccer)
- Team Consultant - Stevenson University
- Medical Director - RacingThePlanet (China, Chile, Egypt, Antarctica, Iceland)
- Co-Medical Director - Baltimore Marathon
- Co-Medical Director - Med-City Marathon
- Physician - Seattle Marathon
- Physician - Boston Marathon
- Physician - Twin Cities Marathon
- High School
- Physician, Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
- Track & Field Physician, Loch Raven High School (MD)
Scientific Publications (PubMed Listing)
- Lipman GS, Ellis MA, Lewis EJ, Waite BL, Lissoway J, Chan GK, Krabak BJ A prospective randomized blister prevention trial assessing paper tape in endurance distances (Pre-TAPED). Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2014 Dec; 25; 4; 457-61. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2014.06.013.
- Krabak BJ Sports medicine. Preface. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2014 Nov; 25; 4; xvii-xviii. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.06.014.
- Krabak BJ, Waite B, Lipman G. Evaluation and treatment of injury and illness in the ultramarathon athlete. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2014 Nov; 25; 4; 845-63. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.06.006.
- Peterson JR, Krabak BJ. Anterior cruciate ligament injury: mechanisms of injury and strategies for injury prevention. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2014 Nov; 25; 4; 813-28. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.06.010.
- Hoffman MD, Pasternak A, Rogers IR, Khodaee M, Hill JC, Townes DA, Scheer BV, Krabak BJ, Basset P, Lipman GS. Medical services at ultra-endurance foot races in remote environments: medical issues and consensus guidelines. Sports Medicine 2014 Aug; 44; 8; 1055-69. doi: 10.1007/s40279-014-0189-3.
- Liem BC, Loveless MS, Apple EL, Krabak BJ. Nonoperative management of acetabular labral tear in a skeletally immature figure skater. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2014 Oct; 6; 10; 951-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.04.001.
- Lipman GS, Krabak BJ, Waite BL, Logan SB, Menon A, Chan GK. A prospective cohort study of acute kidney injury in multi-stage ultramarathon runners: the Biochemistry in Endurance Runner Study (BIERS). Research in Sports Medicine 2014; 22; 2; 185-92. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2014.881824.
- Simpson S, Krabak BJ. Interspinous ligament calcification in a collegiate gymnast. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2014 Aug; 6; 8; 742-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.01.007.
- Air ME, Grierson MJ, Davenport KL, Krabak BJ. Dissecting the doctor-dancer relationship: health care decision making among American collegiate dancers. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2014 Mar; 6; 3; 241-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.09.001.
- Krabak BJ, Waite B, Lipman G. Injury and illnesses prevention for ultramarathoners. Current sports medicine reports 12; 3; 183-9. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182913c98.
- Krabak BJ, Hancock KJ, Drake S. Comparison of dry-land training programs between age groups of swimmers. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2013 Apr; 5; 4; 303-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.11.003.
- Zaremski JL, Krabak BJ. Shoulder injuries in the skeletally immature baseball pitcher and recommendations for the prevention of injury. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2012 Jul; 4; 7; 509-16. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.04.005.
- Krabak BJ. Evaluation of shoulder injuries in the youth athlete. Pediatric annals 2012 Jun; 41; 6; 243-8. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20120525-12.
- Putnam AR, Bandolin SN, Krabak BJ. Impact of ankle bracing on skill performance in recreational soccer players. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2012 Aug; 4; 8; 574-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.04.001.
- Krabak BJ, Hoffman MD, Millet GY, Chimes GP. Barefoot running. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2011 Dec; 3; 12; 1142-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.11.001.
- Jinguji TM, Krabak BJ, Satchell EK. Epidemiology of youth sports concussion. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2011 Nov; 22; 4; 565-75, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2011.08.001.
- Krabak BJ, Kanarek SL. Cervical spine pain in the competitive athlete. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2011 Aug; 22; 3; 459-71, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2011.02.007.
- Krabak BJ, Waite B, Schiff MA. Study of injury and illness rates in multiday ultramarathon runners. Medicine and science in sports and exercise 2011 Dec; 43; 12; 2314-20. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318221bfe3.
- Middleton K, Krabak BJ, Coppel DB. The influence of pediatric autonomic dysfunction on recovery after concussion. Clinical journal of sport medicine: official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2010 Nov; 20; 6; 491-2. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181fac088.
- Singh V, Green JR 3rd, Krabak BJ. Chronic knee synovitis in an adolescent dancer. PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2010 Jun; 2; 6; 573-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2010.01.013.
- Haig AJ, Im J, Adewole A, Nelson VS, Krabak B; International Rehabilitation Forum Commission on Physiatry in subSaharan Africa. The practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation in subSaharan Africa and Antarctica: A white paper or a black mark? PM&R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2009 May; 1; 5; 421-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2008.12.012.
- Haig AJ, Im J, Adewole D, Nelson V, Krabak B. The practice of physical and rehabilitation medicine in sub-Saharan Africa and Antarctica: a white paper or a black mark? Journal of rehabilitation medicine 2009 May; 41; 6; 401-5. doi: 10.2340/16501977-0367.
- Haig AJ, Im J, Adewole A, Nelson VS, Krabak B. The practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation in subSaharan Africa and Antarctica: a white paper or a black mark? European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine 2009 Jun; 45; 2; 185-91.
- Waite BL, Krabak BJ. Examination and treatment of pediatric injuries of the hip and pelvis. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2008 May; 19; 2; 305-18, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2007.12.005.
- Krabak BJ, Alexander E, Henning T. Shoulder and elbow injuries in the adolescent athlete. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 2008 May; 19; 2; 271-85, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2007.11.002.
- Krabak B, Kennedy DJ. Functional rehabilitation of lumbar spine injuries in the athlete. Sports medicine and arthroscopy review 2008 Mar; 16; 1; 47-54. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e318164c431.
- de Lateur BJ, Magyar-Russell G, Bresnick MG, Bernier FA, Ober MS, Krabak BJ, Ware L, Hayes MP, Fauerbach JA. Augmented exercise in the treatment of deconditioning from major burn injury. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2007 Dec; 88; 12 Suppl 2; S18-23.
- Bindal M, Krabak B. Acute bacterial sacroiliitis in an adult: a case report and review of the literature. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2007 Oct; 88; 10; 1357-9.
- Moore W, Krabak BJ. Chronic lateral knee pain in a cyclist: popliteal artery entrapment. Clinical journal of sport medicine: official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2007 Sep; 17; 5; 401-3.
- Krabak BJ, Baima J, Smith J. Musculoskeletal education in physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs: graduating resident perspective. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 2007 Jun; 86; 6; 493-8.
- Smith J, Krabak BJ, Malanga GA, Moutvic MA. Musculoskeletal education in physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2004 Oct; 83; 10; 785-90.
- Fish DE, Krabak BJ, Johnson-Greene D, DeLateur BJ. Optimal resistance training: comparison of DeLorme with Oxford techniques. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 2003 Dec; 82; 12; 903-9.
- Krabak BJ, Sugar R, McFarland EG. Practical nonoperative management of rotator cuff injuries. Clinical journal of sport medicine: official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2003 Mar; 13; 2; 102-5.
- Smith J, Krabak B. Tug of war: introduction to the sport and an epidemiological injury study among elite pullers. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 2002 Apr; 12; 2; 117-24.
- Krabak BJ, Laskowski ER, Smith J, Stuart MJ, Wong GY. Neurophysiologic influences on hamstring flexibility: a pilot study. Clinical journal of sport medicine: official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine 2001 Oct; 11; 4; 241-6.
- Krabak BJ, Borg-Stein J, Oas JA. Chronic cervical myofascial pain syndrome: Improvement in dizziness and pain with a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. A pilot study. Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation 2000 Jan 1; 15; 2; 83-7.
Articles, videos, and abstracts:
- Dr. Brian Krabak was quoted in The Standard-Examiner on his research into ultramarathoners' strategies and preparation.
- Dr. Brian Krabak, featured on The Daily and The Seattle Times, will be working as a sports medicine physician for the Vancouver Olympic Games 2010.
- Dr. Brian Krabak, was featured in The King 5 news - Teen battles shoulder injury.
- Dr. Brian Krabak, was featured in The Seattle Times - Dr. Extreme studies athletes who push through pain.
- Dr Krabak was featured as a physician for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games
- Dr Krabak is Medical Director of Racing The Planet
- Dr Krabak was quoted in the Runner's World article, The Runner's Body: Hip and Thigh
- Dr Krabak was interviewed for the KING 5 ABC Seattle, July 31, 2007, Cracked heel a big problem in summer.
Dr Krabak's research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of overuse injuries and medical illnesses in athletes:
- Ultramarathon Runners: Published paper on injury and illness rates in mulitday ultramarathon runners. Current research includes analyzing biochemical markers affecting hydration and analyzing cardiac markers in multi-day ultramarathon runners.
- Swimmers: Currently studying predictors of injuries in competitive age group and collegiate swimmers, focusing on joint mobility and strength. Developing a screening tool with USA Swimming to assist in the evaluation of swimmers.
- Gymnasts: Currently studying predictors of injuries in competitive collegiate gymnasts, focusing on joint mobility and strength.
- Ballet Dancers: Currently studying predictors of injuries in ballet dancer including hypermobility and strength.
Dr. Krabak has several research interests relating to the endurance athlete and musculoskeletal (MSK) education of residents.
He is currently involved in a multi-university study of ultra-endurance runners focusing on the epidemiologic, physiologic and psychologic impact of long distance running.
He has completed several studies of the MSK training of PM&R residents and is developing educational tools to improve the MSK training of residents and medical students