Athletic Body in Balance
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Great athletes make difficult moves look effortless with a combination of skill, strength, and balance. Traditional conditioning builds a fitness base, but modern sports training takes into account athletic movement patterns. Athletic Body in Balance is the first guide of its kind to show you how to train for smooth, fluid movement and prevent muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability problems, and injuries.
Physical therapist and sports conditioning expert Gray Cook has proven the effectiveness of his approach through the performances of athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA, and Reebok® University's sports training system. Cook's methods will help you identify functional weaknesses; correct imbalances; explore your potential; and refine sport-specific movement skills such as jumping, kicking, cutting, and turning. You will see where conditioning is breaking down and how to get your body back on track.
Whereas other books concentrate on maximizing your strengths, Athletic Body in Balance focuses on exposing and overcoming your weaknesses to form a foundation for long-term training gains. Learn how to maintain what you gain and build on your improvements. Make this comprehensive assessment tool your training guide. Prepare and repair your body for ultimate athletic performance with Athletic Body in Balance.
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® and is Reebok's® 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. He lives in his hometown of Danville, Virginia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
When it was written it was ground breaking but at this point (2015) there are better resources, including some of Gray's more re
I suspect that his later books have more detail. This one has recommendations but is short on explanation and background. It is more of a "do this" type of book. When it was written it was ground breaking but at this point (2015) there are better resources, including some of Gray's more recent work.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Game Changer in understanding Mobility and Stability-and Improving it!
By W. Lindsey
Game changing book, written for laypeople to understand their own mobility and stability issues.
The beauty of this book is that it provides a self assessment test that anyone can do, and after this, exercises/stretches to correct weaknesses, improve flexibility and stability, and build from there. I've been using his methods for 4 weeks, and when done in the thoughtful, deliberate manner he recommends, it works. Figure that wherever you are presently-you didn't get there overnight-so, no surprise, time and correct effort and mental thought are the keys to getting better.
Gray's talk at Google, which is on YT is worth a listen.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Important, accessible, ready to use.
By J. Loeber
Great stuff, basically the foundations of the Functional Movement Screen. Easily adapted by personal trainers and strength coaches for the gym floor. Also, some great warm-up sequences. One of my favorites and regularly recommend it for corrective exercise foundations.