"All I have to do is really learn how to dance with a bull. You just have to remember that he's definitely leading and you have to follow. You can't get behind at all. If you keep in time with him, you're all right. I just wish it wasn't such a hard dance to learn."- Fred Boettcher
I believe that there are injuries that we know about now because there are more of us watching a more broadcast and advertised sport. I didn't watch bull riding per se until I saw it on OLN. I'm sure I'm not alone. The fact that it has made it to television means that there are more people riding and in a more public manner.
I understand vests came to be the thing after Lane Frost lost his life, and I suspect vests have saved many a rider injury or death.
On the other hand, I'd like to say I support the choice effort. If Ross Coleman wants to wear a helmet, it's his choice and he's happy wearing one. Same with Schumacher. Lee Akin and others chose not to wear helmets and accepted the risks in making that decision.
If helmets become mandatory, will they be mandatory all the way down the line to the youngest of riders and back up through the pros?
I'd like to add a personal note. The two friends of mine who died on motorcycles died wearing helmets in a helmet-mandated state.