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  • TAI Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend
  • 61615 Athletic Club Dr.
  • Bend, OR 97702

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  • Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:30pm

TAI Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend

About the Clinic

TAI Physical Therapy is located inside the Athletic Club of Bend in Bend, Oregon and provides exceptional orthopedic physical therapy for patients of all ages. Our goal is to get you better faster so that you can get back to enjoying the activities Central Oregon has to offer. Our specialities include aquatic physical therapy, golf fitness/performance/rehabilitation, therapeutic yoga, women’s health, pediatic orthopedic physical therapy, and ASTYM™. We focus on manual therapy and functional strength and conditioning that is specific to you in order to enhance your recovery and experience.

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Golf Fitness & Performance Program

Golf Fitness & Performance ProgramPhysical Therapist Chris Cooper, PT, DPT, CSCS is a Level 3 Certified Medical and Fitness Professional through The Titleist Performance Institute as well as a Nike Golf Certified Performance Specialist. These certifications allow Chris to develop a golf-specific fitness program to address imbalances in mobility and stability as they relate to an efficient and powerful golf swing. Chris works with numerous local PGA Golf Professionals to create body-specific programs.






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GOLF SEMINAR:: Thursday, April 23rd

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Low Back Pain & Golf :: Surgical Options and Rehabilitation Considerations   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF)     Come join us to learn more about the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for knee injuries. Seminar Details: DATE: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 TIME: 6:15pm - 7:15pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (limited seating available) INCLUDES: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Tips Q&A Session Raffle Prizes and Refreshments Seminar Presenters: Chris Cooper, PT, DPT, CSCS Doctorate of Physical Therapy form University of Montana Level 3 Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical and Fitness Professional Brad Ward, MD Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in treating complex spine and brain conditions Member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons


GOLF FORUM:: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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An Enlightening Q&A Session to Prepare You for the Upcoming Season!   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF)     Do you have any burning questions about what golf equipment to buy, how to cure your slice, what exercises you should be doing, or how to decrease your pain playing golf? Come loaded with questions and learn from area experts. Forum Details: DATE: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 TIME: 6:15pm - 7:15pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com INCLUDES: All questions welcome Emphasis on pre-season preparation Find out what you should be doing to prepare your body, cure your slice, and/or avoid injury Refreshments provided Forum Presenters: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCSA Montana native, Chris received his Master’s ... read more »


2015 Tetherow Academy Golf Talk :: Knee Injuries

Knee Injuries - Implications to the Golfer

Implications for the Golfer By: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCS Physical Therapist Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Level 3 TPI Certified Medical and Fitness Professional For additional information or more details from this presentation, please email Chris Cooper at: ccooper@taiweb.com. Be sure to visit Chris' Golf Performance website > CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION (PDF)


Golf Seminar :: February 26th, 2015

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KNEE INJURIES Helping Golfers to Stay in the Game!   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF)     COME JOIN US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATEST SURGICAL AND NONSURGICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR KNEE INJURIES. Clinic Details: DATE: Thursday, February 26th TIME: 6pm - 7pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant INCLUDES: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Tips, Q&A INCLUDES: Q&A Session, Raffle Prizes, Beverages, and INCLUDES: Refreshments RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (Limited Seating Available) Clinic Instructors: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCS Doctorate of Physical Therapy form University of Montana Level 3 Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical and Fitness Professional Timothy Bollom M.D. University of Minnesota Medical School, AOA, Minneapolis, MN American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and American Board of Orthopedic ... read more »


2014 Golf Presentation :: Body-Swing Connection

Taking Care of the Most Important Piece of Golf Equipment By: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCS – TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy – Athletic Club of Bend For additional information or more details from this presentation, please email Chris Cooper at: ccooper@taiweb.com.

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Testimonials for TAI Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend

  1. With retirement came the dream of playing lots of golf. A bad fall on the ice, however, totally shattered that dream. It’s been seven years since I had fusion surgery in my back. Surgery allowed my spinal cord to decompress, and in that sense it was successful. After about 3 months, however, chronic pain developed throughout my entire back that at times has been excruciating. Determined to find a solution , I sought treatment from just about every medical discipline and alternative medicine throughout the northwest. I even had eastern medicine treatment while visiting China. Only medication provided modest relief.

    About a year ago, my pain management physician referred me to Chris Cooper. While physical therapy was a part of my 6 year search, Cooper was certified with specialty training for golf injuries. While my injury did not occur while playing golf, he immediately diagnosed my condition as treatable. At the same time, he rekindled my dream of playing golf again. In a nutshell, his physical therapy treatment and at home exercise program has made a huge difference. While the pain isn’t totally absent, suffice to say I have enough relief to play 18 holes of golf, sometimes twice a week.

    Thanks, Chris Cooper, for your profound treatment and work with my condition.

    Chet Evenson
    Redmond, OR

    Chet Evenson
  2. The long-awaited moment had finally arrived…I was about to attend my first yoga class, EVER, at age 56! This was something I had wanted to do all of my life. Multiple pain-management doctors had been recommending this particular form of exercise for years. My doctors had all concurred; the current medical studies/data pointed to yoga being the best solution for chronic pain.

    Kat, the instructor, greeted me so warmly. (I found out, we came from the same hometown, for heavens sake!) Her words encouraged me, her instruction was clear. Kat’s explanations were articulate; with humor & transparency thrown in. Laura, the Physical Therapist, was on hand to gently ‘tweak’ my positions, or provide solutions, tailor-made to my physical ‘issues.’ The session ended with deep, relaxation on many levels; aromatherapy, music, blankets & a light massage. (Only if desired) I left feeling as though I was ‘floating on a cloud!’

    I would HIGHLY recommend the therapeutic yoga class to ANYONE with trauma, injuries or on-going pain.

    Ruth Ann Bacon
  3. For more than 10 years, spinal disorders—primarily scoliosis and stenosis, later complicated by Parkinson’s—have subjected me to surgical procedures, an increasingly complex medication regimen, chiropractic, osteopathy, and acupuncture, all yielding little or no observable relief. Meantime, a rigorous physical training program, designed and monitored by Therapeutic Associates, Inc., at the Athletic Club of Bend has enabled me to retain and improve muscular strength, balance and range of motion. Occasional acute pain episodes have been relieved by stretch and massage protocols.
    Overall, what’s most impressive is the degree to which Laura Cooper and her exceptionally well-trained TAI staff always craft and adjust their treatment programs to fit the individual patient’s changing needs, often while coordinating with one or more prescribing physicians.
    Anyone whose condition may be responsive to professional-level physical therapy could not, in my judgment, find a care provider to equal Therapeutic Associates, Inc., at the Athletic Club of Bend.
    John J. Mathews

    John Mathews
  4. Matt recently helped my 12 year old son, Riley, with an overuse injury in his arm/elbow. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. What impressed me most was how he treated Riley. He really focused on Riley and treated him like a person (vs. the doctors who only talk to the parents). Riley really liked Matt, so it made PT really easy, enjoyable and effective.

    I know companies usually only hear the complaints, so I wanted to be sure to pass along how impressed Riley and I were with Matt. What a great asset for Therapeutic Associates to have him.
    Best regards,
    Katy Boos

    Katy Boos
  5. Chris Cooper has been my physical therapist for 10 years. He has helped me with various joint issues related to arthritis. I appreciate Chris’ low key approach. He listens then tells me what we are going to do and why. I like the take-home sheets that describe all the exercises.They help remind me what to do at home and are useful for future “tune-ups”.Most important-I trust Chris. He has never failed to help me. Thank you. Diane Crupi

    Diane Crupi
  6. I recently had back surgury and after 6-8 weeks I decided to get physical therapy to help progreess the healing process. By the time I saw Craig Boswell I could hardly walk, couldn’t sit and was still in a lot of pain. Four weeks later after pool and hands-on therapy, I am 100% better. He was so focused on my recovery and helped me mentally as well as physically. He’s wonderful and I am very, very grateful to him. Sincerely, Marlene Boynton

    Marlene Boynton
  7. Last year I was in a horrible motor vehicle accident. The driver ran a stop sign and hit me at a high rate of speed.
    I was left with severe whiplash and a sprained colar bone. The pain was excrusiating, my range of motion was little to none. I saw my doctor and he sent me to see Laura Cooper at Therapeutic Associates. Being that Im a very active person I wanted nothing more than to get back to living my normal life. Laura was more than I can ask for! She was very professional, knowledgeable and after only 3 months I was back to most of my normal activities. She and her staff were just amazing! They treated me with gentle and individualized care and made me feel like more than just another patient. Needless to say I am now fully recocvered and back to my busy lifestyle. I would strongly recommend Laura and Therapeutic Associates anytime! Thank you from the bottom of my heart…thank you for being not just my doctor but also a a beautiful person and a friend!

    Adriana Hernandez

    Adriana Hernandez
  8. Thank you Laura and Paige, for the amazing Therapeutic Yoga class!!!! You two are SUCH a great team. Your class is truly unique and taught me things about my body I wasn’t learning at all in other yoga classes. The whole nervous system piece was so new to me, and of course really hit home, since I’ve been operating out of pure stress for so long now.

    I LOVE you guys, and appreciate you so much!!!

    Feeling better because of you,

    Carol Sternkopf
  9. Seven months ago, while teeing off on the 10th hole, I felt a sharp pain in my elbow. The pain continued for weeks until I finally saw the Orthopedic surgeon who had operated on my shoulder. Diagnosis was “golfer’s elbow”, or medial epicondylitis, with a torn tendon thrown in for bad luck. Delays in recovery were due to moving from Colorado to Bend. Through an Orthopedic surgeon in Bend, I was sent to Chris Cooper for physical therapy. Within the first few sessions with Chris, I felt he was certainly the person to help me. He understood exactly the where, why, and how of my pain, and correctly prescribed the exercises to assist in repairing and depleting the pain level within the damaged area in a very short time. I realize at age 67 one does not heal as rapidly as in younger years, but I know through Chris’s therapeutic knowledge and personal concern I will be back on the golf course shortly. I am continuing the exercises Chris has shown me (with drawings), and I am on his “Return to Golf” schedule he has provided. My sincere thanks to Chris and his great staff!!


    Mike Sells
  10. As I am sitting down to write this, I want to say thank you. All of the staff at Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club of Bend are professionals that understand the role physical therapy plays in the healing process from the post op patient, the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. From retraining the body post surgery( that’s how I first became a patient there in 2007), to recovery from disease, when my knee flared from Psoriatic Arthritis in 2010, to athletic retraining for performance as this year when thru injury, Psoriatic arthritis,and joint recovery, you and the Therapeutic Associate Crew helped me with retraining, stretching, treatments and taping, that without a doubt helped me to train thru injury, recover and complete two marathons this year,(The Avenue of the Giants in May, and The Portland Marathon this month).I am not an elite athlete but I enjoy the personal sense of commitment marathoning requires and each one requires a deep inward soul searching journey, having pain makes the journey beyond what the soul can endure…physical therapy allowed me to get back on the road and do what I love! Chris, again, Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club, thank you!

    Susan Long
  11. Hi Laura,

    I recently completed 15 sessions of physical therapy at Therapeutic Associates at the Bend Athletic Club following hip replacement surgery in January. I wanted to tell you how happy I am with the results. Craig Boswell was my physical therapist and did an outstanding job.

    Craig always asked me at the start of each session how my recovery was going and adjusted the exercises depending on my response. I appreciated that he sought the feedback. I felt challenged by the therapy and I am much stronger than before the surgery. Craig realized how important it was for me to be active again and he did an amazing job to help me get there. I enjoyed the pool therapy and it seemed to tax different muscles than the land based exercises. My surgeon was so impressed with my recovery that he wanted to know the name of my physical therapist.

    I also enjoyed working with other members of your staff during my rehabilitation.

    The front desk staff Tammy and Paula were always cheerful and friendly.

    Hannah, Jeff, Liz and Wyatt were a joy to work with when they put me through the paces and entertaining on the phone with their appointment reminders.

    Holly and Laura F. didn’t miss a beat when filling in for Craig when he was gone.

    I feel fortunate to have worked with Craig and your staff and I highly recommend them to anyone else seeking physical therapy. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Kudos to Therapeutic Associates at the Bend Athletic Club.

    Mike Viles
    Bend, OR

    Mike Viles
  12. As a sporting adventure junkie I have suffered more than my fair share of serious injury and have therefore had to spend a considerable amount of time rehabbing most often under the supervision of a physical therapist. Consequently I feel amply qualified to recognize the skills and services of therapists who excel in every aspect of the requisite treatment.

    My most recent injury was the complete rupture of my Achilles tendon necessitating major surgery to re-connect the ruptured ends. Most athletes will confirm this is a very debilitating injury and the recovery process is long and arduous. Chris cooper of Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club of Bend was my dry land therapist; very able assisted by Craig Boswell through his work with me in the pool.

    It was immediately obvious that I was in good hands. Both of these gentlemen have extensive experience with my type of injury and quickly established a treatment regime designed to get me back into action as quickly as possible all the while insuring that no step in the process was overlooked or abbreviated. They knew exactly how hard to push me and how best to encourage me, doing it in a fashion that was sympathetic while still demanding. Not surprisingly my recovery has proceeded very well and I have every expectation of returning to the same level of activity I enjoyed prior to the injury.

    I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending their services and anyone on the injured list looking for expert treatment would be well advised to consider their services.


    Alistair J. Paterson

    Alistair J. Paterson

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