Gray Cook

Earl Grayson “Gray” Cook cook

Gray Cook is a practicing Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Kettlebell Instructor.  He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems, which promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment.  His work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.

Professional Status

  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
  • Lecturer/Author/Instructor
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Level 1 Olympic Style Weight Lifting Coach
  • Founder, Functional Movement Systems Expert/Consulting Facility
  • Perform Better Advisory Board
  • Titleist Rehabilitation and Conditioning Specialist
  • Assistant Professor, Averett University
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor, RKC

Cook is an influential figure in both rehabilitation and exercise.  His career started with an undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, with minors in Athletic Training and Psychology.  His interest took him to the University of Miami where he studied Physical Therapy and furthered his strength and conditioning development.

Gray Cook is an influential figure in both rehabilitation and exercise.  His career started with an undergraduate degree in sports medicine and exercise science with minors in athletic training and psychology. His interest took him to the University of Miami where he studied physical therapy and furthered his strength and conditioning development.

It’s no accident that he became a certified strength coach and licensed physical therapist in the same year because his work has targeted fundamental errors in the way that exercise and rehabilitation have been practiced.

Gray has introduced a systems approach to understanding, training and rehabilitating movement.  A part of this approach is the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).   The FMS is a systematic method for observing movement patterns, which are then rated and ranked on a numerical scale that identifies significant movement limitations or asymmetries.

Professional evolution is often geared toward specialization but most highly specialized professions hit a plateau and adopt an approach that incorporate systems that protect the user against fundamental errors. This historical trend can be seen in aviation, medicine, and education.

Fitness and rehabilitation are approaching a critical tipping point where fundamental systems are necessary for improved outcomes. This is because our current knowledge and scientific advances have not reversed the downward turn in the health and fitness of our culture.  Fundamental systems minimize logistical errors that will improve communication between the many disciplines that exercise and rehabilitate the masses.

Cook contends that we must map movement patterns and consider movement as a behavior and not simply as clean mechanical data. We must also develop better understanding of how movement is learned, maintained and restored.

Cook’s work cuts to the core of problems like low back pain,  obesity,  and the general physical decline of a modern culture.  By revisiting the natural developmental principals that all infants employ as they learn to walk, run and climb, Gray forces us the rethink motor learning, corrective exercise and modern conditioning practices.

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