Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
Berry College athletes are back on campus and getting ready to get the fall sports season started. As the Vikings prepare to take to the field of play, Berry athletes can rest easy knowing Harbin Clinic doctors are on the sidelines ready to keep them healthy.
Berry’s football team enters its fourth season of play on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. as the Vikings take on Maryville at Valhalla stadium on the Berry campus. Along with football, the volleyball, cross country, and men’s and women’s soccer teams are also beginning their fall campaigns as well.
While Harbin Clinic has been serving as Berry team physicians for two decades, the relationship between the two runs deeper. Dr. Will Harbin worked with Martha Berry to keep students healthy.
Dr. Christopher Piller has served as head team physician for Vikings’ athletics over the last 13 years and has been instrumental in the program’s success.
“I’ve truly enjoyed working with Berry athletics for more than a decade,” Dr. Piller says. “During that time, I’ve watched Berry grow from a solid NAIA program to a robust Division III program. The Vikings have achieved many successes on and off the field, and it’s been a great joy to see the school add new programs like softball, football, lacrosse, swimming and track.”
Harbin Clinic Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine physicians, led by Dr. Piller, work as a team to care for all of Berry’s athletes. He is joined in the effort by Dr. Brad Bushnell, Dr. Mark Floyd and Dr. Jason Rogers, who all have ties to Berry.
"My journey with Berry football began several years ago. I sat in as an interested member on a panel for a group of consultants that came to investigate the idea of Berry adding a football team,” Dr. Bushnell says. “ Since then, as a member of the Board of Trustees, I have enjoyed a rare front-row seat to the internal workings of the rapid rise and early success of this program.”
Dr. Floyd and Dr. Rogers know first hand what it’s like to be a Berry athlete.
Dr. Floyd earned his undergraduate degree at Berry College and was a member of both the baseball and tennis teams for the Vikings, twice earning academic all-conference honors in baseball while also earning academic all-American honors in tennis.
“I had a great experience as an athlete at Berry, and now I get the chance to work with Berry athletes and ensure they stay healthy,” Dr. Floyd says.
Dr. Rogers began his college career at Berry and played for the men’s basketball team before later transferring and getting his undergraduate degree from Auburn University.
“Berry is a special place, and I really enjoyed my time there. It’s amazing to see how far their athletic program has come over the last decade,” Dr. Rogers says.
The Harbin Clinic Ortohpaedics and Sports Medicine Team helps care for Vikings athletes in season and out.
“Our long-term relationships with the school shows that we are truly part of the team,” Dr. Piller says. “We don’t just watch over these athletes during the season, but we monitor them in the off-season to help prevent injuries as well.”
To learn more about Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, visit our website at www.harbinclinic.com/orthopaedics.