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Old 12-20-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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Headbanging bad for your health???

WARNING: Headbanging to Metallica, Motorhead or Megadeth could be hazardous to your health. Skip related content

So concludes the first-ever study, published Thursday, of the fin-de-siecle dance style in which afficionados of heavy metal jerk their heads up and down to a fast and furious beat.

Declan Patton and Andrew McIntosh at the School for Risk and Safety Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, attended hard rock and heavy metal concerts to observe headbanging techniques.

They then worked up a biomechanical analysis, culminating in a "theoretical headbanging model."

In their offbeat study, published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the pair say that thrashing about like an electro-shocked rabbit may cause similar effects to whiplash.

A typical death-metal rhythm of 146 beats-per-minute or faster, combined with head-banging arcs of at least 45 degrees, is "predicted to cause mild head and neck injury," they say.

With faster tempos and a wider arcs, "there are definite risks of mild traumatic brain injury."

Anecdotal evidence also points to the potential health hazards of thrash rock, the paper says.

"In 2005, doctors believed that Terry Balsamo, the guitarist from the band Evanescence, experienced a stroke from head banging," it notes.

So what can be done?

Metal fans could wear a neck brace while headbanging -- or stick to listening to Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Enya and Richard Clayderman, joke Patton and McIntosh.

To teens who still prefer Ultra Vomit to easy listening, the paper offers a practical example of what to avoid.

It applies the "theoretical headbanging model" to cartoon wunderkinder Beavis and Butt-head, dancing to The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" at 164 beats per minute.

The range of motion of Beavis' head is about 45 degrees, which is below the injury threshold.

For Butt-head, though, the prospects are not so great.

He headbangs with a range of motion of about 75 degrees, with the risk of "level one" head injuries -- headaches and dizziness.

This is blasphemy to the metal gods!!!!!!
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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Hilarious article! Too many good lines to quote. Thanks for posting!
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:39 PM   #3
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Heavy metal fans exhibiting the effects of brain damage?

No. You must be joking.
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When I was like 24 or so I went to an Offspring concert, got drunk, got in the mosh pit and head banged for like 2 hours. Little did I know that in the morning I would wake up in the most pain EVER. I couldn't even move my neck. Stupidest thing I've ever done.
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I think I'll forward the article to one of my customers, LOL!
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:39 AM   #7
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The last time I did some head-banging (and it was done in a joking manner), I messed up my neck. It still isn't better.
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I don't listen to much music that really calls for headbanging...but holy moly, when I went to the AC/DC concert and got caught up in the moment and was headbanging...yeah, my neck really hurt the next day. Made me feel old and wussy.
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I've heard it causes also nose bleeding, that's the better case.
I as a Heavy Metal fan do headbang from time to time but I've never had any problems besides some brief headache. It's less health-risky when you move also your upper part of the body along with the head. It prevents those neck injuries.That's how I do it
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I wonder if there's any correlation to blindness. If so, this could be a partial explanation of Axver.
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To teens who still prefer Ultra Vomit to easy listening
How have I never heard of this band?!
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LOL! I have headbanged sometimes and boy do you feel the pain!

I have watched RHCP recently and the way Flea bangs, he is pretty flexible. you could easily still headbang to slower music, you could give it slower thrusts and higher levels of firebacks.
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Never heard of Ultra Vomit?? Who are you????
















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