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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 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor – Level 3 Fitness Professional through The Titleist Performance Institute. This certification allows 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 Stability = Golf Power Clinic :: April 24th, 2014

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Golf Stability = Golf Power Come find out what areas of your body need to be the most stable and strong to create a powerful swing. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF) Clinic Details: DATE: Thursday, April 24th TIME: 6pm - 7pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (Open to only 10-12 Participants) Clinic Includes: Education on how to increase ball and club head speed and importance of proper strength to minimize injury potential. Baseline stability testing. Trainer guided stability focused workout (wear comfortable clothes). Access to online stability workouts from OB Sports Performance to increase strength and power. Clinic Instructors: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCSA Montana native, Chris received his ... read more »


Golf Mobility Clinic – March 20th, 2014

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Golf Mobility Getting the Most from your Flexibility! Come learn which areas of your body need to be the most flexible in order to minimize injury and maximize golf performance. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF) Clinic Details: DATE: Thursday, March 20th TIME: 6:00pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (Open to only 10-12 Participants)   Clinic Includes: Education on importance of flexibility as it relates to injury prevention and swing performance. Baseline mobility testing. Trainer guided mobility workout (wear comfortable clothes). Access to online mobility workout to increase golf flexibility. Clinic Instructors: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCS A Montana native, Chris received his Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the ... read more »


Performance Series Golf Clinic – February 19th, 2014

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Get Ready Now for the 2014 Golf Season! Join us for a golf clinic that is guaranteed to unlock your body’s full potential and help you prepare for the next golf season. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF) Clinic Details: DATE: Wednesday, February 19th TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (Space Is Limited) Clinic Description: 5 MINUTE:: Introduction 15 MINUTE :: Mini self-assessment to identify your current fitness level, physical limitations, muscular imbalances, strengths and weaknesses 30 MINUTE  :: Group workout, so get ready to move! 10 MINUTE:: Cool down and Q&A sessions Clinic Includes: MINI PHYSICAL SELF-ASSESSMENT ACCESS TO ONLINE VIDEOS: Secrets to Mat Mobility Standing Stability Total Body Workout Clinic ... read more »


Running: The Ins & Outs :: Free Running Seminar – December 12th, 2013

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PLEASE JOIN US AND LEARN MORE ABOUT: Running mechanics Common running injuries Running specific exercises to create happier and faster runs When to seek out medical advice for pain that just won’t go away Image guided rehabilitation CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF) > Date: Thursday, December 12th Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Where: Fleet Feet Sports Where: 1320 NW Galveston Ave Where: Bend, OR 97701 Cost: FREE and Open to the Community   Seminar Presenters: James Nelson, MD After 8 years in private practice in Salem, Oregon Dr. Nelson and his family (now including two children) literally saw the sunlight of Central Oregon. While his practice emphasis at ONCC is on non-surgical management of musculoskeletal and ... read more »


Pre-Round Preparation :: FREE Golf Lecture – September 24th, 2013

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Injury Prevention, Physical Preparedness, and On-Range Warm-up Sequencing Join us for some ON-RANGE hands-on instruction and learn about current concepts from golf, medical and fitness professionals in pre-round preparation to get your body ready for the rigors of a 4-5 hour round of golf. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF) > Topics Will Include: On-range instruction in pre-round movement warm-up drills Specific injury prevention exercises Foam roller usage and technique Pre-round practice drills When: Tuesday, September 24th / 6:00pm - 7:00pm Where: Tetherow Golf Academy Where: 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd Where: Bend, OR 97702 Cost: FREE! What To Bring: Golf clubs, alignment sticks, and attitude for improvement RSVP: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCS ... read more »

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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

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