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Karin Kean

Date of Surgery: 6/4/2012
Update (3/2013): Karin is attending physical therapy and planning a full-career return as a patroller next winter.

About Karin

I am a German native and first came to the United States for an internship at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) located in Winter Park.  After my internship, I wanted to stay in Winter Park and work for the mountain while still volunteering at NSCD.  I currently live and patrol in Jackson Wyoming.

Career Background

While in Winter Park I was able to attain my PSIA Alpine Level 3 and Telemark Level 2.  In 2003, I switched my focus to ski patrol as this would combine my interest and passion for the medical field and working with people.  I’ve been working for the past 9 years, full-time for the patrol team at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan

Through numerous surgeries and post operative complications, I decided to seek advice from The Steadman Clinic as I continued to have difficulty performing my patrol duties.  On June 4, 2012, I underwent a complicated ACL repair which included removing the hardware from previous surgeries, filling old drill tunnels with bone graft and reconstructing the ACL with an allograft.  It was originally supposed to be 2 procedures, but the surgeon was able to get everything done in 1 which significantly cut my recovery time.


"After a frustrating 2.5 year odyssey through medical treatment, countless therapies and the related costs following an injury while ski patrolling in Switzerland, I finally came to the right place, the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. Without their financial and generous individual support, I would have had to end my career as an outdoor athlete and professional, and resign to a lifestyle I dreaded. My gratitude to the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation and the medical support group at the Steadman Clinic is far beyond any words. Months after surgery I can tell you I am far better off than ever since my accident. Once again, I am looking forward to a balanced, well-rounded life and career in sync with the natural environment-what a gift!"

- Karin Kean