Medical Study Reveals That Headbangers Are at Risk for Headbanging

A 2008 study published in The British Medical Journal suggests a causal link between the headbanging movements of heavy metal fans and head injuries:

Young people at heavy metal concerts often report being dazed and confused, possible symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury. Little formal injury research has been conducted on the world wide phenomenon of head banging, even though case reports indicate the inherent risks in this activity, especially in head and neck injury. Head banging is a violent activity associated with hard rock and various subgenres of heavy metal.[...]

Though exposure to head banging is enormous, opportunities are present to control this risk—for example, encouraging bands such as AC/DC to play songs like "Moon River" as a substitute for "Highway to Hell"; public awareness campaigns with influential and youth focused musicians, such as Sir Cliff Richard; labelling of music packaging with anti-head banging warnings, like the strategies used with cigarettes; training; and personal protective equipment.


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It may be evident from the content at the link, but the Christmas issue of the BMJ is traditionally devoted to humorous, offbeat, and unusual items; any "medical" data should be taken with large grains of salt.
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