A little more than a month ago, saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss had to make a tough decision during the pinnacle event of the 2011 ProRodeo season; the veteran cowboy, an eight-time qualifier, realized the pain from an injury to the upper portion of his free arm was too great, so he opted out of a good potion of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
He has returned to the game after his time on the IR, known in most other professional sports as a way to get a check while being sidelined by injury. Of course, there isn’t that luxury in rodeo; if one doesn’t compete, he/she doesn’t have a chance to win money.
Of course, DeMoss has returned on strong fashion: He is placing in both go-rounds and leads the average with a cumulative total of 163 points at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.
I guess if you’re going to come back from an injury, it helps curb the pain to come back on top.