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Bud Cooper

  • Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director for Athletic Training, Department of Kinesiology (Exercise Science, Athletic Training)

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Office Location

Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • sports medicine
  • athletic training
  • strength conditioning and fitness

Research Interests

  • exertional heat illness in sports

Research Summary

Dr. Cooper has studied the effects of extreme weather conditions as they relate to the onset of exertional heat illnesses among football athletes. His research has been funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and the National Athletic Trainers Research and Education Foundation (NATAREF). Much of Cooper's research has contributed to the revising of practice policies for athletes practicing in hot/humid conditions.


Dr. Cooper has experience in the health care field that encompasses work as an athletic trainer at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels, professional sports and in the physical therapy arena. He has served at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the marathon and race walk events and as was in charge of the Olympic stadium for the 1996 Paralympic Games. In addition Dr. Cooper served as the chief athletic trainer for the Peachtree Road Race. Cooper also serves as the program leader for the master's degree program in Strength, Conditioning and Fitness. Hobbies include woodworking, alpine skiing and the beach.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ed.D Kinesiology The University of Georgia 2004
M.Ed. Health Education The University of Houston 1985
BS.Ed. Health, Physical Education and Athletic Training The University of Pittsburgh 1980

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2006 Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award National Athletic Trainers Association