- How helmets make the NFL more dangerous
- Rugby Injuries compared to American Football injuries
- CTE and the devastation it causes
- The phenomenon of risk compensation
- How taking away helmets will lower risk compensation
- Risk compensation in other sports
- Main Thesis
Eliminating helmets all together will reduce the number of injuries in football.
2. Topics for Smaller Papers
Risk compensation is a phenomenon that encourages more riskier behavior. It has been scene in football, everyday life, and all other sports. People feel protected by helmets, seat belts, pads etc, that they actually produce riskier actions that jeopardize their safety. For example, a football player with helmet is going to hit harder than one without a helmet. Helmets may protect the head from bad hits, but it is better to eliminate the bad hits all together.
Cause and Effect Argument
Due to helmets being used in the NFL, players are being brutally injured. Players are wearing helmets which make them feel protected so they make hard, risky hits. The hits that make the crowd cringe. These bad hits later result in concussions, and other injuries. These then can lead to CTE and other chronic joint, muscle, and bone injuries.
Helmets may still protect our players in todays game. They will still protect players from severe concussions and severe head trauma. They are very protective, but it is better to take out the behavior that causes hits that cause concussions. Even with a helmet on players still do receive concussions in todays game.
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