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HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health

HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
July 08, 2008, 06:46:01 AM
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The bass player for the Edinburgh, United Kingdom-based "emo-esque metal" band THE DAY I VANISHED (MySpace page) has gone partially blind after headbanging too much at a gig.

Richard Allan, 21, felt his eyesight go blurry after his show on Friday night and assumed he had been dazzled by stage lights.

But the bass player had actually torn his retina as he jumped around the stage to his band's tunes.

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Headbanging-at-city-gig-leaves.4262672.jp

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Australian researchers say heavy metal fans who indulge in head-banging put themselves at risk of head and neck injuries and they advise fans to either wear a protective brace or switch to slower tempo music, according to a report on Medical.net.

Head-banging, explained the researchers, involves violent and rhythmic head movements in time with the music and was first seen as far back as 1969 at a Led Zeppelin concert in the U.S., when the front row audience members were seen banging their heads on the stage in time to the music.

Their study has revealed that an average head-banging song with a tempo of 146 beats a minute could cause mild head injury when the head's range of motion is greater than 75 degrees and the researchers say higher tempos which encourage greater ranges of motion carry a higher risk of injury.

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=95114

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An average head banging song has a tempo of about 146 beats per minute, which is predicted to cause mild head injury when the range of motion is greater than 75°. At higher tempos and greater ranges of motion there is a risk of neck injury.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/dec17_2/a2825?view=long&pmid=19091761

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Of the head bangers, 81.82% of the girls and 16.6% of the boys had resultant cervical spine pain that lasted 1-3 days. Only 26.2% of non-head-banging girls and 0% of non-head-banging boys had cervical spine pain lasting 1-3 days. Of all the 8th-grade participants, 62.16% had pain somewhere. Other types of pain included leg pain, back pain, and headache. Only three adolescents took any medication for their pain. CONCLUSIONS: The head-banger's whiplash is a self-limiting painful disorder. The easy resolution of the pain problem in adolescents is a tribute to the resilience of youth."

http://io9.com/5615159/eighth-grade-dance-marathon-used-to-test-the-dangers-of-heavy-metal-headbanging

Wonder if it causes hairy palms too.

All articles in thread posted here for easy reference.

HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
January 04, 2009, 03:37:38 PM
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Australian researchers say heavy metal fans who indulge in head-banging put themselves at risk of head and neck injuries and they advise fans to either wear a protective brace or switch to slower tempo music, according to a report on Medical.net.

Head-banging, explained the researchers, involves violent and rhythmic head movements in time with the music and was first seen as far back as 1969 at a Led Zeppelin concert in the U.S., when the front row audience members were seen banging their heads on the stage in time to the music.

Their study has revealed that an average head-banging song with a tempo of 146 beats a minute could cause mild head injury when the head's range of motion is greater than 75 degrees and the researchers say higher tempos which encourage greater ranges of motion carry a higher risk of injury.

http://www.ez-tracks.com/news/Music_News-Article-1405.html

Original article:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=95114


Re: HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
January 04, 2009, 07:48:12 PM
The results aren't surprising so much as the fact that someone actually did a scientific study of the effects of headbanging.

Seems pretty obvious to me that it would be bad for you, given there are a lot of metal musicians who have fucked up their necks/backs from years of constant touring (Jason Newsted of Metallica, Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth).

Re: HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
January 05, 2009, 11:05:17 AM
It does make sense that the vigorous movements of the head may cause problems, it's long been suspected.  Given the low frequency of metal shows that I attend though, I'm not worried.

Re: HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
January 05, 2009, 11:21:05 AM
...well who the fuck wants to live longer than 55-60 years, anyway?

Re: HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
January 06, 2009, 03:11:18 AM
The results aren't surprising so much as the fact that someone actually did a scientific study of the effects of headbanging.

I know, who pays for this crap?

If you're concerned do some neck-strengthening exercises and work on your technique. Personally, I'm more worried about my ears.

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An average head banging song has a tempo of about 146 beats per minute, which is predicted to cause mild head injury when the range of motion is greater than 75°. At higher tempos and greater ranges of motion there is a risk of neck injury.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/dec17_2/a2825?view=long&pmid=19091761

Try masturbating at 146 bpm.

Hence "Whiplash".

Seriously, friends of mine have got whiplash from attending concerts, not because anybody slammed into them, but because they were headbanging too hard.

Not really going to stop me, though.

Seriously, friends of mine have got whiplash from attending concerts, not because anybody slammed into them, but because they were headbanging too hard.

Probably due to lack of practice. When listening to Slayer, Kreator, etc. at home, it's HEADBANGING TRAINING time.

does anyone remember Soulside Journey getting chewed out by QBLH on the old bbs after wondering about this sort of thing? Not implying anything towards Conservationist or anyone, this post just reminded me of that.

Well, I have not properly head banged in many years due to the fact that I have not grown my hair out like I wanted. Granted I am only 29 now but I am not fortunate to have the hair I had when I was younger.

Man, I remember Soulside Journney, QBLH, Antti, and Corey from Acerbus posting many years ago....There was great posts from members. But hell I do not even recall my forum name then. Alas I was  away for awhile but returned.It is great to see that the troops are still here or the new guard is making its way in battle. Forward the spears, troops. we have a war to win!!

"use personal protective equipment"
Just like the retards at my school.

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Of the head bangers, 81.82% of the girls and 16.6% of the boys had resultant cervical spine pain that lasted 1-3 days. Only 26.2% of non-head-banging girls and 0% of non-head-banging boys had cervical spine pain lasting 1-3 days. Of all the 8th-grade participants, 62.16% had pain somewhere. Other types of pain included leg pain, back pain, and headache. Only three adolescents took any medication for their pain. CONCLUSIONS: The head-banger's whiplash is a self-limiting painful disorder. The easy resolution of the pain problem in adolescents is a tribute to the resilience of youth."

http://io9.com/5615159/eighth-grade-dance-marathon-used-to-test-the-dangers-of-heavy-metal-headbanging

So... don't do it after age 25?

Into the grave!

Re: HEADBANGING is dangerous to your health
August 19, 2010, 05:20:52 PM

I wonder where Soulside Journey is at in his life now. Probably got burnt out on the ANUS and went conventional, as the young ones tend to do.