Harbin Physicians Help Keep Athletes In The Game

Whether it’s in their offices at 330 Turner McCall Boulevard, or on the sidelines at Barron Stadium, Armuchee High, Chattooga High, Trion High and Berry College, Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine physicians stand ready to help local athletes and teams if injuries occur.

Dr. Brad Bushnell, Dr. Christopher Piller, Dr. Mark Floyd and Dr. Randall Anderson utilize their decades of experience to help athletes of all ages, by serving as team doctors for Armuchee High School, Rome High School, Trion High School, Chattooga High School and Berry College. Dr. Robert Sullivan of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Adairsville also serves as the team physician for Adairsville High School.

“I get a great deal of satisfaction from spending time with athletes of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s a Rome Middle School athlete, a varsity stand out at Berry College or even a professional baseball player with the Rome Braves, they are all unique patients,” Dr. Bushnell says. “They all have different demands on their bodies and can suffer injuries. I want to make sure that if they do get injured, I can get them back on the playing field quickly and safely.”

Being on the sidelines allows our physicians to care for local athletes, but it also gives them a chance to enjoy watching local athletes perform. Our physicians help continue the tradition of Harbin doctors helping local athletes for several decades.

Dr. Piller, who has served as team physician for the Rome High Wolves since 2004, tended to injured athletes and cheered along with thousands of Rome fans last December when the Wolves won the Class 5A State Football Title.

“We look after these athletes all the time, not just during the regular season. We definitely help them when they are injured, but we also work with them during the off-season to help prevent injuries,” Dr. Piller says. “We feel like we are truly part of the team, and we enjoy seeing these athletes succeed on and off the field.”

“Our area schools have a great history of athletic excellence, and we’re proud to participate in that history,” Dr. Sullivan says. “I’ve been the team physician at Adairsville for 19 years, and I enjoy looking after multiple generations of athletes.”

Our doctors work hand-in hand with the schools’ coaches, athletic directors and trainers to make sure athletes get the best possible care. If injuries do happen, our physicians are ready to help.

Along with their sideline presence, Harbin Clinic also plays host to a walk-in, sports injury clinic every Monday from 7 to 8 a.m. The clinic allows athletes to be diagnosed and treated without an appointment. It focuses on the specific needs of athletes with the goal of getting them back on the playing field injury free and ready to play.

“When a player does get injured, our goal is to help them return to the field. But we are always concerned about the athlete’s long-term well-being,” Dr. Floyd says. “These are young athletes with their whole lives ahead of them. We want to ensure they don’t have long-term problems.”

So whether you howl with the Wolves, bark with the Bulldogs, cheer on the Tribe (Armuchee, Chattooga or both) or row with the Vikings, Harbin Clinic physicians are there to ensure the whole team stays healthy.

To learn more about Harbin Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, please visit our web site at www.harbinclinic.com/ortho.