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Athletic Body in Balance


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Table of Contents

Part I. Athletic Movement; Chapter 1. Mind and Movement; Chapter 2. Identifying Weak Links; Chapter 3. Analyzing Movement; Chapter 4. Developing Resistance to Injury; Part II. Mobility and Stability; Chapter 5. Mobility and Stability Testing; Chapter 6. Balance Training; Chapter 7. Core Training; Part III. Strength and Endurance Chapter 8. Strength and Endurance Testing; Chapter 9. Movement Imbalance Training; Chapter 10. Strength and Endurance Exercises; Part IV. Power, Speed, and Agility; Chapter 11. Power, Speed, and Agility Testing; Chapter 12. Speed and Quickness Training; Chapter 13. Power, Speed, and Agility Drills; Part V. Performance Programs Chapter 14. Rotation and Swinging; Chapter 15. Throwing and Striking; Chapter 16. Jumping and Kicking; Chapter 17. Cutting and Turning; Chapter 18. Progress Evaluation

About the Author

Gray Cook is a physical therapist, board certified in orthopedics. He also is a certified strength coach with experience in several sports at the youth, college, and professional levels. Cook is a nationally recognized lecturer and consultant to the NFL, NBA, NHL, and WNBA as well as numerous college sports medicine and conditioning facilities. His innovative research and applied work are found in many rehabilitation and conditioning publications. Cook is the director of orthopedic and sports physical therapy at Dunn, Cook & Associates. He also serves as the creative director of sport-specific training for Reebok(R) and is Reebok's(R) first master coach. Gray Cook received his graduate degree in physical therapy education at the University of Miami School of Medicine with a focus on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation and research in motor learning. Cook is a faculty member of the North American Sports Medicine Institute and is the codeveloper of the course titled Functional Exercise Training and Rehabilitation.


Sports conditioning consultant Gray Cook has released a companion video for the book Athletic Body in Balance (Human Kinetics, 2003). This video is not for those just starting an exercise program but for those who already have a workout routine and want to become more efficient athletes. The emphasis here is not on achieving bigger muscles but on the efficient use of the muscles you have. The video starts with five movement-assessment tests for which there are specific criteria to determine if you pass or fail. For the tests that are failed, the video shows exercises that can help you pass after a few weeks of work. The video moves at a good pace, the narrator speaks in a clear tone, and the text on the screen supplements the narration. The video also includes some "core training" sequences to help with general body strength and movement. Most of the video can be done at home without special equipment, although an "advanced core training" section requires a weight stack and pulley system. This video is recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with an athletic training program. Beverly Hills personal trainer Raphael Picaud's Fitnessology focuses on gaining muscle size over improving general athletic ability. The workout is divided into muscle training for different parts of the body; viewers can skip to specific parts using the DVD menu. However, it is often hard to tell how to perform an exercise correctly, as the camera focuses on the muscle contraction and not on the weight or equipment. The exercises are fairly advanced and require the use of a weight room. This is a low-budget production with a single camera and little editing; we seem to be observing just a part of Picaud's personal training session with four different female clients. His French accent is difficult to understand. The video's title leads one to expect a particular philosophy of fitness, but there is nothing new here that is not in many other, better fitness videos. Not recommended. (Picaud committed suicide in 2003.)-Christina Hennessey, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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