This summer, from July 10-19, Cornerstone doctors had the privilege of being the official medical team for the 2014 FIL Lacrosse World Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. This festival of lacrosse is the largest tournament the sport sees. Coming only once every 4 years, it is to lacrosse what the World Cup is to soccer. 38 nations were represented this year, including 9 newcomers: Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and fan favorite Uganda. 142 international games were played. Along with the international championship, 300 youth and adult teams, encompassing all age groups, from 7 year olds to 60 year olds participated in a festival tournament.
Team USA vs Team Canada
In the championship game on July 19 Canada captured its third gold medal after upsetting the United States 8-5 in front of 11,861 fans. Canadian goalie Dillon Ward was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after he made 10 saves in the championship game, becoming the first goalie to ever receive the honor. The Iroquois Nation upset the Australian squad 16-5 for third place, making this year both the first time Iroquois has medaled and the first time Australia has not earned a medal.
The Iroquois Nation prepares for battle
This massive event covered a myriad of fields in addition to the stadium at the Dicks Sporting Goods Park complex, and at any given time over the ten days there were multiple games being played at the same time. Cornerstone docs treated a wide variety of lacrosse injuries, ranging from bumps and bruises to a broken neck. Several of the injured players received follow-up care in the Cornerstone office before returning to their home countries. Dr. Joseph Hsin said: “It was great working with lacrosse players of different ages and nationalities, not only the American superstars, but also players from lesser-known countries like Thailand, where the sport is just in its beginning stages.” He went on to say that the privilege of being intimately involved this international event really struck home when interacting with the team from Netherlands after the news broke that nearly 200 of their fellow countrymen had been lost in the downing of the Malaysian airliner. Also bringing perspective to all those involved in treating these athletes was the decision of Israel to rush its final game when seven of their team had to depart after being called up to active military duty due to the outbreak of war.
Dr. Joseph Hsin treating a player on the Thai national team
Cornerstone physicians, along with a team of athletic trainers, volunteered their time, providing medical coverage for the ten day event. This group of community minded orthopedic surgeons have a love for working with sports medicine on all levels, from pee wee sports, to high school and college athletics, to professional and Olympic athletes, and now to international competitors. Cornerstone Orthopedics and Sports Medicine looks forward to continued involvement with the sport of lacrosse.
A Canadian player dives to score a goal on team USA