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 693: Teaching Assistantship
  • EXSC 696: Independent Study
  • EXSC 696W: Independent Study
  • EXSC 699H: Honors Project
  • EXSC/KIN 720/820: Sci Pract Strength Training
  • INCO 490A: Fundamentals of Research
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • KIN 607: Biology of Aging
  • KIN 621: Exercise Laboratory Techniques
  • KIN 650A: Internship
  • KIN 896: Adv Research Exercise Science
  • KIN 902: Colloquium
  • KIN 993: Teaching Practicum

Selected Publications

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

Batsis, J. A., Petersen, C. L., Cook, S. B., Al-Nimr, R. I., Driesse, T., Pidgeon, D., & Fielding, R. (2021). Impact of whey protein supplementation in a weight-loss intervention in rural dwelling adults: A feasibility study. CLINICAL NUTRITION ESPEN, 45, 426-432. doi:10.1016/j.clnesp.2021.07.006

Young, T. R., Duncan, B. T., & Cook, S. B. (2021). Evaluation of muscle thickness of the vastus lateralis by ultrasound imaging following blood flow restricted resistance exercise. CLINICAL PHYSIOLOGY AND FUNCTIONAL IMAGING, 41(4), 376-384. doi:10.1111/cpf.12704

Finley, D. J., Stevens, C. J., Emond, J. A., Batsis, J. A., Fay, K. A., Darabos, C., . . . Lyons, K. D. (2021). Potential effectiveness of a surgeon-delivered exercise prescription and an activity tracker on pre-operative exercise adherence and aerobic capacity of lung cancer patients. SURGICAL ONCOLOGY-OXFORD, 37. doi:10.1016/j.suronc.2021.101525

Petersen, C. L., Halter, R., Kotz, D., Loeb, L., Cook, S., Pidgeon, D., . . . Batsis, J. A. (2020). Using Natural Language Processing and Sentiment Analysis to Augment Traditional User-Centered Design: Development and Usability Study. JMIR MHEALTH AND UHEALTH, 8(8). doi:10.2196/16862

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

Most Cited Publications