Articles by Dr. Casey
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
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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...