Headbanging Can Cause Brain Injury


First, it was moshing. Then, it was crowd surfing. Now, it has been reported that headbanging can be harmful for your health.

According to a group of German doctors who had been treating a man who a serious case of headaches that got worse with each passing day, the cause of it was due to excessive headbanging.

The 50-year-old man with the worsening headaches is a huge fan of Motörhead and had recently attended a concert with his son. After going in for a check up and getting a scan of his brain, doctors found that a part of his brain was bleeding and that they need to drill a hole to drill the blood. In the follow-up exam, it was discovered that the man had developed a benign cyst, making him more vulnerable to brain injuries in the future.

When they looked into the man’s history, they noticed he had no previous head injuries, substance abuse or anything that would lead to the bleeding in his brain, so doctor concluded that it was all due to excessive headbanging.

“We are not against headbanging,” Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, one of the doctors who treated the man, told The Associated Press. “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.”

“Rock ‘n’ roll will never die. Heavy metal fans should rock on,” he added.

Though that was Dr. Islamian’s take on the situation, Dr. Colin Shieff, a neurosurgeon and trustee of the British brain injury advocacy group Headway, told the publication, “There are probably other higher risk events going on at rock concerts than headbanging. 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.”

In other words, do what you do guys. Practice headbanging with caution.

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