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Heavy Metal Head-banging Can Cause Head And Neck Injuries

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:46pm

Headbang A recent study by the University Of New South Wales suggests that “Head Banging” to heavy metal music can cause brain and neck injury. You don’t have to be a genius to understand that it can cause neck injury. Musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have neck problems from years of Head Banging. My neck muscles have been sore after many metal shows and I’ve even had headaches after shows. Do the headaches stem from banging my head? Sometimes, maybe.

“researchers concluded that head-banging to a typical heavy metal tempo could cause mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, and neck injury, particularly as the tempo of the music and angle of movement increased”

Perhaps irresponsible head-banging can be dangerous, especially if you over do it. Professor Andrew Mcintosh also said, “ clearly look dazed, confused and incoherent,”. He says it as if people coming out of a venue are in a zombie-like state. Some of these people may have been drinking, high, slightly dehydrated or are just tired…and maybe they just don’t want to talk to people like Mcintosh.

I can imagine some people may head-bang to a point where they may be doing some brain cells damage and their equilibrium might be a bit of a mess from the extremely loud music, but to talk about head-bangers as if we are doing a disservice to ourselves and causing brain trauma is simply ridiculous.

The article also goes on to talk about beats per minute and banging your head at a range of 75 degrees.

“These songs had an average tempo of 146 beats per minute, and at this tempo we predict that head banging can cause headaches and dizziness if the range of movement of the head and neck is greater than 75°,” the researchers wrote.”

That would mean that you would have to be “banging” pretty hard and and extreme to reach those provisions. I honestly don’t think I have every seen many people bang their head at a concert at that angle. Most put a lot of body movement in to it as well. I think this study is a bit far-fetched and exaggerated but yes, I’m sure you could cause yourself some injury from head-banging too hard. So ultimately, what was the outcome of this study?

“Professor McIntosh, whose research focuses on the biomechanics of head injury and concussion, says this type of temporary, mild brain injury was generally poorly understood, but was unlikely to lead to any more serious symptoms than headaches and dizziness.”

In other words, much money and time was spent on this research…and it was a waste of time. Read more about this theory at ABC Science. You can also read another take on it at

Quotes from ABC.Net Science

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Tags: brain damage, head banging, headbanging, hearing loss, metal concerts, neck injuries

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