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.