Bud Cooper


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.

Areas of Expertise

  • sports medicine
  • athletic training
  • strength conditioning and fitness


  • exertional heat illness in sports

Academic Affiliations


  •  Ed.D in Kinesiology, 2004
    The University of Georgia
  •  M.Ed. in Health Education, 1985
    The University of Houston
  •  BS.Ed. in Health, Physical Education and Athletic Training, 1980
    The University of Pittsburgh


 Ramsey Center, 371
 706-542-6463 (office)
 706-540-7227 (mobile)

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.

Awards and Accolades

Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

National Athletic Trainers Association, 2006