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Bud Cooper

  • Clinical Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator, Department of Kinesiology (Exercise Science, Athletic Training)

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Office Location

371 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

Programs of Study

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) at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels, professional sports and in the physical therapy arena. He was chosen as an AT for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the marathon and as was co-head Athletic Trainer in charge of the Olympic stadium for the 1996 Paralympic Games. Cooper also was the Chief AT for the Peachtree Road race from 1988 – 1998. In 2017 Dr. Cooper was selected to lead a national work group dedicated to increase awareness of exertional heat stroke. Cooper's research has been funded by the NCAA and the Georgia High School Athletic Association. Cooper also serves as the program leader for the master's degree program in Strength, Conditioning and Fitness. His 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