Summer Cook

Phone: (603) 862-0895
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Summer B. Cook, Associate Professor, Kinesiology: Exercise Science

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.


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

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 520: Cont Persp in Exercis Science
  • EXSC 621: Exercise Laboratory Technique
  • EXSC 650A: Internship Exercise Science
  • EXSC/KIN 720/820: Sci Pract Strength Training
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • KIN 520: Cont Persp in Exercis Science
  • KIN 527: Sci Foundations Health&Fitness
  • KIN 607: Biology of Aging
  • KIN 621: Exercise Laboratory Techniques
  • KIN 650A: Internship
  • KIN 705/805: Topics in Applied Physiology
  • KIN 720/820: Science & Pract Strength Train
  • KIN 805: Topics in Applied Physiology
  • KIN 896: Adv Research Exercise Science
  • KIN 901: Analysis Professnl Literature
  • KIN 902: Colloquium
  • KIN 993: Teaching Practicum

Selected Publications

Batsis, J. A., Petersen, C. L., Crow, R. S., Cook, S. B., Stevens, C. J., Seo, L. M., . . . Mackenzie, T. A. (2020). Weight change and risk of the foundation of National Institute of Health Sarcopenia-defined low lean mass: Data from the National Health and Nutrition examination surveys 1999–2004. Clinical Nutrition, 39(8), 2463-2470. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2019.10.032

Crow, R. S., Lohman, M. C., Titus, A. J., Cook, S. B., Bruce, M. L., Mackenzie, T. A., . . . Batsis, J. A. (2019). Association of Obesity and Frailty in Older Adults: NHANES 1999–2004. The journal of nutrition, health & aging, 23(2), 138-144. doi:10.1007/s12603-018-1138-x

TEO, S. Y. M., KANALEY, J. A., GUELFI, K. J., COOK, S. B., HEBERT, J. J., FORREST, M. R. L., & FAIRCHILD, T. J. (2018). Exercise Timing in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(12), 2387-2397. doi:10.1249/mss.0000000000001732

Petersen, C. L., Wechsler, E. V., Halter, R. J., Boateng, G. G., Proctor, P. O., Kotz, D. F., . . . Batsis, J. A. (2018). Detection and monitoring of repetitions using an mHealth-enabled resistance band. Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies. doi:10.1145/3278576.3278586

Cook, S. B., Scott, B. R., Hayes, K. L., & Murphy, B. G. (2018). Neuromuscular Adaptations to Low-Load Blood Flow Restricted Resistance Training. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, 17(1), 66-73. Retrieved from

Swartz, E. E., Broglio, S. P., Cook, S. B., Cantu, R. C., Ferrara, M. S., Guskiewicz, K. M., & Myers, J. L. (2015). Early Results of a Helmetless-Tackling Intervention to Decrease Head Impacts in Football Players. Journal of Athletic Training, 50(12), 1219-1222. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-51.1.06

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 & Science in Sports & 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

Most Cited Publications