Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
When Rome High’s football team takes the field at the Georgia Dome on Friday, coaches, parents and players can rest easy knowing long-time team physician Dr. Chris Piller will be on the sidelines ensuring the Wolves stay healthy.
Rome faces Buford in the Class 5A State Championship Game at 4:30 p.m. as the Wolves attempt to win the school’s first state title.
Dr. Piller is an orthopaedic surgeon with Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and has served as team physician for Rome High School for 12 years. He is excited to travel to the Dome along with two of his Harbin Clinic Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine partners, Dr. Jason Rogers and Dr. Randall Anderson.
“I enjoy teaming up with the great coaches at Rome High, the athletic trainers at Floyd Medical Center and my colleagues from Harbin to surround our student athletes with expert care. I actually hope they don’t need our services in the clinic or operating room. If they do, I’m glad I know these kids so well, because I’ve been involved with them throughout the entire season. We watch over these athletes year round to help prevent injuries,” says Piller.
Harbin Clinic Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine offers a weekly, walk-in sports clinic on Mondays during the athletic season. The clinic is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and allows collegiate, high school and middle school athletes the chance to get high-quality orthopaedic care.
Rome High Athletic Director Kevin Strickland says one of the advantages of being located in Rome is the expertise of Harbin doctors.
“For us, one of the benefits of being in the Rome community is having the luxury and peace of mind to know that we have quality physicians supporting us on the sidelines,” Strickland says. “If we have an injury, we know it’s going to be taken care of by some of the most knowledgeable orthopaedic specialists in the state.”
Rome High opened its doors in the fall of 1992 after the old East Rome and West Rome High Schools merged. Prior to the merger, both East and West won numerous accolades on the gridiron. East won two state titles while West captured five, including a state record four in a row from 1982 to 1985.