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U.S. National Teams Name Nine to Medical Staff

October 9, 2013    14144 Views
U.S. National Teams Name Nine to Medical Staff

BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse today announced nine new medical staff members including physicians, athletic trainers, and a strength and conditioning coach for the program.

2017 U.S. Women’s National Team
Primary Care Physician – Dr. Sean Curtin, MedStar Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Physician – Dr. Karen Sutton, Yale University
Head Athletic Trainer – Cheri Orndorf, Bucknell University
Assistant Athletic Trainer – Tara Stritch, Towson University

Curtin served as a team physician for the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s team since 2011, and has previously worked as a team physician for Baltimore Ravens (2010-) as well as the University of Maryland (1999-2004) and Johns Hopkins University (2004-09) men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.

Sutton also brings U.S. women’s program experience, having served as the team orthopedic physician for the gold medal-winning U.S. under-19 women’s team in 2011. A former player at Duke University, she currently works as an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital and an assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Orndorf, a former player at Lock Haven University, worked with Sutton on the 2011 U.S. under-19 women’s team medical staff as an athletic trainer. She served in the same capacity at Princeton University (2001-10) before joining Bucknell’s athletic training staff as a clinical rehabilitation specialist.

Stritch is set to begin her first year for the Towson University women’s program. Prior to Towson, she worked as a lacrosse-specific athletic trainer for the Sacred Heart University men (2006-12), Manhantanville College men and women (2004-06), and Sacred Heart University women (2002-04).

These medical staff members will support head coach Ricky Fried (Georgetown University) as Team USA competes for an eighth gold medal at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Surrey, England.

2015 U.S. Women’s Under-19 National Team
Primary Care Physician – Mark Peluso, Middlebury College
Orthopedic Physician – Carl Nissen, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Head Athletic Trainer – Barbara-Jean Ercolino, Stony Brook University
Assistant Athletic Trainer – Cristina Nistler, Georgetown University

Peluso, a former player at Bowdoin College, has served as the head team physician at Middlebury College since 2000, working with all of the school’s athletic teams. Nissen, who played at Princeton University, has worked as a team physician for numerous Connecticut-area sports organizations, including Trinity College, Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut. Ercolino has worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Stony Brook University since 2006, covering numerous programs including women’s lacrosse. Nistler brings three years of women’s lacrosse experience at Georgetown University.

These medical staff members will support the U.S. under-19 women’s team as it goes for a fifth consecutive world title in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 2015.

U.S. National Teams
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Jay Dyer

Dyer is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) for MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine. He has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse and basketball teams, Loyola University men's soccer team, UMBC women's lacrosse team, a variety of varsity MIAA programs, and numerous professional athletes including Major League Lacrosse and U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team members. Dyer’s role will extend to the men’s and women’s senior and under-19 national teams.

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