Summer B. Cook, Associate Professor, Kinesiology: Exercise Science

Summer Cook

Phone: (603) 862-0895
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Cook's main areas of research are aging, neuromuscular function and resistance training, particularly, blood flow restricted resistance training. Dr. Cook has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Sports Medicine. Her research is published in many top journals including the Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the European Journal of Applied Physiology. She received the Outstanding New Investigator Research Award from the University New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services in 2014 and the New Investigator Award from the American College of Sports Medicine in 2015.

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 520: Cont Persp in Exercis Science
  • EXSC 621: Exercise Laboratory Technique
  • EXSC 650A: Internship Exercise Science
  • EXSC 693: Teaching Assistantship
  • EXSC 696: Independent Study
  • EXSC 696W: Independent Study
  • EXSC 699H: Honors Project
  • INCO 490A: Fundamentals of Research
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • KIN 896: Adv Research Exercise Science
  • KIN 902: Colloquium
  • KIN 993: Teaching Practicum


  • Ph.D., Science Education & Exercise Science, Syracuse University
  • M.S., Exercise Science, Syracuse University
  • B.S., Exercise Science, East Stroudsburg University

Selected Publications

  • Spangler, H. B., Lynch, D. H., Gross, D. C., Cook, S. B., & Batsis, J. A. (2024). Changes in Weight or Body Composition by Frailty Status: A Pilot Study.. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr, 1-12. doi:10.1080/21551197.2024.2326807

  • Rauseo, M. L., Feairheller, D. L., LaRoche, D. P., & Cook, S. B. (2024). Acute Effect of Dynamic and Gluteal Resistance Exercise Warm-up Protocols on Jump Landing Mechanics in College-Aged Females.. J Strength Cond Res, 38(2), 259-265. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000004618

  • Batsis, J. A., Batchek, D. J., Petersen, C. L., Gross, D. C., Lynch, D. H., Spangler, H. B., & Cook, S. B. (2023). Protein Supplementation May Dampen Positive Effects of Exercise on Glucose Homeostasis: A Pilot Weight Loss Intervention.. Nutrients, 15(23). doi:10.3390/nu15234947

  • Frechette, M. L., Scott, B. R., Vallence, A. -M., & Cook, S. B. (2023). Acute physiological responses to steady-state arm cycling ergometry with and without blood flow restriction.. Eur J Appl Physiol, 123(4), 901-909. doi:10.1007/s00421-022-05118-8

  • Lutz, F. D., Cleary, C. J., Moffatt, H. M., Sullivan, V. E., LaRoche, D. P., & Cook, S. B. (2022). Comparison of the H:Q Ratio Between the Dominant and Nondominant Legs of Soccer Players: A Meta-Analysis. SPORTS HEALTH-A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH. doi:10.1177/19417381221095096

  • Cook, S. B., LaRoche, D. P., Villa, M. R., Barile, H., & Manini, T. M. (2017). Blood flow restricted resistance training in older adults at risk of mobility limitations. EXPERIMENTAL GERONTOLOGY, 99, 138-145. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2017.10.004

  • Cook, S. B., Murphy, B. G., & Labarbera, K. E. (2013). Neuromuscular Function after a Bout of Low-Load Blood Flow-Restricted Exercise. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 45(1), 67-74. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31826c6fa8

  • LaRoche, D. P., Cook, S. B., & Mackala, K. (2012). Strength Asymmetry Increases Gait Asymmetry and Variability in Older Women. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 44(11), 2172-2181. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31825e1d31

  • Cook, S. B., Clark, B. C., & Ploutz-Snyder, L. L. (2007). Effects of exercise load and blood-flow restriction on skeletal muscle function. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 39(10), 1708-1713. doi:10.1249/mss.0b013e31812383d6

  • Clark, B. C., Cook, S. B., & Ploutz-Snyder, L. L. (2007). Reliability of techniques to assess human neuromuscular function in vivo. JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY, 17(1), 90-101. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2005.11.008

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