Date of Surgery: 5/1/2020
Update (1/2021): Amy has returned to ski instructing full-time.
I am currently living in Vail Colorado where I also grew up. Skiing has always been a part of my life and I started at the age of 3. My entire family has been part of working on Vail Mountain at some point in their life and I was so excited to start teaching skiing once I was of age. Since then, I have loved every second and I have spent on the mountain. My passion for skiing has always been a big part of my life and continues to grow with each year.
I started teaching skiing in the Winter of 2013 when I came home from my first semester at college. I mainly teach children ages 7 – teenage years and it is by far some of the most fun I have had on the mountain throughout my life. I love being able to teach children at a young age and then see them come back to ski year after year while becoming better each time and more excited about skiing. I am currently PSIA level 1 certified and have my Children’s Specialist certification 1. I have been training towards my PSIA level 2 certification but have been delayed due to the pandemic. I am exited to get into training and hopefully will be successful this Winter.
Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan
In the Fall of 2013, I took a fall during a college soccer game that dislocated my shoulder. Ever since then, my shoulder would dislocate when I would ski and sometimes in teaching lessons which was not ideal for my work environment. I ended up with a 180 degree tear in my labrum with very stretched ligaments and a lot of wearing on my bone due to the multitude of dislocations over the years. My repair was an anterior and posterior labrum repair taking place May 2020. The recovery was 6 months of physical therapy with the goal of return to skiing by the end of October. I received amazing help from both by surgeon and his team at The Steadman Clinic for surgery. I then had amazing physical therapy care from the Howard Head team. I am so excited to get back on the slopes with a functioning shoulder.
"I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for the assistance I have received from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. I tore my shoulder labrum and was having trouble continuing my passion for ski instructing with my shoulder dislocating at all times. The foundation provided me with financial support in this crucial time of a global pandemic which allowed me to have the surgery to fix my shoulder. I am so grateful for the foundation's support in such a scary time in our world. With their help, I was able to recover safely and receive the necessary treatment to get back to teaching skiing and sharing the joy of the mountains we all love. This foundation is such an incredible non-profit and I truly appreciate all of the help they have provided me."
- Amy Sherman