That’s pretty fucking metal, man.
Yes sir — headbanging, in addition to fucking up your neck, could lead to brain bleeding, a new report claims.
A new case study published in the medical journal Lancet reveals that headbanging — described as violently shaking the head in time with the music, most commonly in the rock, punk and heavy metal music genres — can cause damage as the brain bumps up against the skull.
The study detailed the case of a German heavy metal fan suffered bleeding in the brain after a night of headbanging at a Motörhead concert.
The 50-year-old complained of a two-week constant headache while being treated at Hannover Medical School and told doctors that he had been headbanging regularly for years.
A CT scan showed he suffered from bleeding — or chronic subdural haematoma — on the right side of his brain.
“We are not against headbanging,” said Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, one of the doctors who treated the patient. “The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if (our patient) had (gone) to a classical concert, this would not have happened.”
“There are probably other higher risk events going on at rock concerts than headbanging,” Dr. Colin Shieff, a neurosurgeon and trustee of the British brain injury advocacy group Headway, added. “Most people who go to music festivals and jump up and down while shaking their heads don’t end up in the hands of a neurosurgeon.”
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