Often Headbang When Concerting Metal? Beware of Broken Brain

Often Headbang When Concerting Metal? Beware of Broken Brain

Often Headbang When Concerting Metal? Beware of Broken Brain


Often Headbang When Concerting Metal? Beware of Broken Brain

If you come to gigs often or like to watch concerts and rock, punk or metal music festivals, you know, right, head banging or headbang?

When you were a teenager or maybe until now, you might like to enjoy the loud rock music while nodding your head. But did you know that actually headbang turned out to be dangerous?

WebMD.com in 2008 reported that headbang can be dangerous for the brain, precisely it can injure the brain and can even cause strokes! Wow ...

The finding that this dangerous headbang was revealed by two researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia. The two researchers, Professor Andrew McIntosh and his assistant, Declan Patton, found that moving your head up and down quickly, turning your head tightly, or moving your head and neck to and fro while listening to music, could increase the risk of injury. The risk is higher when the tempo of the music is also high.

There can reduce the risk of injury by using a neck protector or moving your head slowly, said the two researchers.

Andrew and Declan conducted their research by visiting various metal music concerts, such as Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, and Skid Row. They see that headbang is often done by the spectators who come. Until finally they made a risk theory of the relationship between brain injury and musical tempo, as well as the distance between the neck and head movement. They found an increased risk of neck injury when music reached 130 beats per minute.

They then found that every 146 beats per minute, the audience would do a headbang. This was concluded after making a list of 11 songs that could make someone do a headbang. Headbang, which can cause headaches and dizziness, occurs when the movement of the neck and head is greater than 75 degrees.

The two researchers also suggested to musicians that each time they release an album to include a warning for their listeners and viewers to carefully headbang.

Bleeding can occur in the brain

In 2014, The Daily Beast also reported a new case study published in the Lancet medical journal, which revealed that head banging causes brain damage, because the brain will collide with the skull.

The research was conducted because of a case that happened to heavy metal music fans in Germany, whose brains were bleeding after headbanging while watching a Motorhead concert.

The 50-year-old man complained of headaches for two weeks and was eventually treated at the Hannover Medical School. CT scans show cerebral hemorrhage (chronic subdural hematoma) in the right part of the brain. To the doctor, the man said that he had headbanged for many years.

One of the doctors who treated him, Dr. Ariya Pirayesh Islamian, said that the doctors did not oppose someone doing headbanging. According to Dr. Ariya, the risk of headbang itself is very, very low.

"But I think if our patients go to classical concerts, this won't happen," Dr. Ariya.

A neurosurgeon and guardian of Headway (brain injury advocacy group in the UK), Dr. Colin Shieff, said that there might be another higher risk in rock concerts than head banging.

"Most people who go to music festivals and jump around while shaking their heads don't end up in the hands of a neurosurgeon," Dr. Colin.

However, if you want to continue to enjoy loud music like punk, rock and metal, and at the same time want to enjoy it with headbanging, it's good to follow what Professor Andrew McIntosh and his assistant, Declan Patton have suggested, which is to do it not excessively. p>

If you feel something is wrong with your head or you feel a prolonged headache after you head over at a music concert, it's a good idea to go to the doctor immediately to check it out.


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