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About Dr. Casey Cooper

Dr. Casey Cooper is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sports psychology. She has worked with athletes, their families and teams since 1997 and has served on staff at USC and UCLA.

As a performance expert, she has presented and written about a variety of topics that include Concussion Treatment, Sports Parenting, Mental Imagery, Team Cohesion, Managing Aggression, the Female Athlete Triad, and Performance Anxiety. A recent regular on AM 570 Radio and Parenting Orange County Magazine contributor, Dr. Casey enjoys sharing her insights with parents and coaches.

Dr. Casey is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), and the Orange County Psychological Association. She maintains a private practice in Mission Viejo.

Learn more about Dr. Casey at DrCaseyCooper.com.


Training for Perfection Can Be a Real Problem!
Most coaches, parents, and athletes are often in disbelief when I tell them that they are heading towards failure when they train for Perfection. The answer? Train for Excellence.

How Thin is Too Thin for a Competitive Female Athlete?
Recently, I have seen an increase in referrals concerning weight management and diet. It may come as a surprise to parents that food restriction and injuries are often related, and result from a combination of factors known as the Female Athlete Triad.

Playing Not To Lose: Recipe for Disaster
In this ultra-competitive world of athletics, one of the more critical psychological myths to dispel is: Playing Not to Lose. What often seems like a safe and sound way to prepare an athlete for success is more often a recipe for disastrous disappointment. Here's why...


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