Chris Cooper, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

A Montana native, Chris received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1996 and earned his Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 1999. Chris has worked for Therapeutic Associates in Bend since that time and has been at the Athletic Club of Bend clinic since 2005.

Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has advanced manual therapy training through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. He is also a Level 3 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute, a Nike Golf Certified Performance Specialist, as well as Level 1 and 2 K-Vest Certified. Chris finished his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in May 2010. In 2015, Chris became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2017, he achieved his TPI Level 2 Junior and Power Coach Certifications.

His passion is treating injured golfers and helping non-injured golfers maximize golf-specific fitness. He is also passionate about treating foot and ankle injuries. He enjoys mountain and road biking, golfing, skiing, fly-fishing, cooking, and being with his family.

Articles written by Chris Cooper

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Creating a Complete Fitness Program for Lifelong Wellness

I am often asked by patients who are winding down with formal physical therapy treatment, what makes a good fitness program or “what should I do to stay fit?” When I ask those patients what they currently do for fitness, I usually hear, “I walk,” “I do cardio,” “I go to aerobic classes,” or “I like to lift weights.” What I do not usually hear is, “I do cardio, stretching, and strength training, and work on my balance and do power and speed exercises.” A good and comprehensive fitness program will incorporate all of these components, and not just one of them alone.

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Physical Therapy Helps Maximize Running Health

Running is a very “available” mode of exercise. With the number of runners out there on the road and trail, whether they are adequately trained to be there or not, associated injury is likely to occur at some point. In order to get back to running in the shortest time possible after injury, the knowledge and expertise of a physical therapist (PT) is crucial.

Improving Your Golf Game with a Strong Core

If you think golfers are not athletes, take one look at Tiger Woods or Camilo Villegas, Annika Sorenstam or Natalie Gulbis. These modern day golfers are SERIOUS athletes, and their golf-specific exercise programs are SERIOUS workouts. If you are a golfer who wants to improve your golf performance, you ought to take your exercise time seriously.

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Over the Top - Golf Performance

Over-the-top happens at the transition part of your golf swing when you initiate your downswing from the top of your backswing using your upper body rather than your lower body. This results in the club coming over the intended swing plane, leading to an “outside-in” swing path, leading to a pull if your clubface is square and the dreaded “banana-ball” slice if your clubface is open.

Golf and Low Back Pain

Most golfers will experience some form of lower back pain over the course of time. The nature of the golf swing is inherently unhealthy for the human spine. Forward flexion (bending forward) combined with rotation (twisting) creates torsional stresses throughout the spine including the discs, the joints between each vertebra, the ligaments connecting the vertebra to each other and the surrounding musculature.