Date of Surgery: 1/21/2014
Update (6/2015): Matthew returned to the Beaver Creek ski patrol last winter.
I grew up in Colorado and still live here. I started skiing when I was three years old and turned it into a career.
I enjoy being outdoors, I love helping people, and have a passion for skiing. This made working on ski patrol the perfect career for me. I was able to balance the seasonal work by spending my summers guiding wilderness canoe trips for Keewaydin, Temagami in northern Ontario. I now spend my summers with my two sons spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan
I had a distal femoral osteotomy on January 21, 2014. My timeline for recovery was one year and I returned to work in November, 10 months after my surgery. The surgery was invasive and and my recovery plan required physical therapy 3-5 times a week for a year. I am still working to build strength and continue my recovery but I’m happy to be back at work.
"I stayed focused on recovery with the goal of working race patrol for the 2015 World Championships. I have been on the race crew for the Birds of Prey since 2005. When I learned that Beaver Creek and Vail would be hosting the World Championships I knew I wanted to be part of the team. My injury put that in jeopardy but thanks to the help from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation, I was able to recover from my surgery and get back on skis in time for the races. There is no way this would have been possible without the surgery and the physical therapy that the foundation covered. My insurance only covered 15 sessions of therapy and my doctor prescribed 3-5 sessions a week for a year. I am very grateful for the support of the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation that allowed me to complete the rehab necessary to get back to work. "
- Matthew Busenhart