If you thought rock concerts are all fun and games for you, think twice. A a new case reported by The Lancet concluded you might actually hurt your brain because of your wild propensity to express yourself at heavy metal, punk or other hopefully-in-need-for-headbanging events.
So how is that possible? Well, since you are not actually constantly doing frenzy movements of your head while doing your groceries or making it through your daily job, if you have any, headbanging causes brain injury because it might be a violent self-harming activity your body is actually not used to.
As we’ve acknowledged, brain is a rather serious and pretentious piece of human organ, able to be taken by surprise with all kind of injuries. So finding out head banging might have harsh effects should not shock you.
Headbanging causes brain injury if you move it too fast and aggressively
According to The Star, experienced handbangers like to make some nuances and not ignorantly stereotype all headbangers. An elevated headbanger knows exactly that shaking it it too fast , too rapidly or with little variation in tempo might twist your brain and make it develop blood clots. And this is exactly what happened to that little old lady after her Motorhead concert, The Lancet reports. And if that is not enough, you could also develop stenosis, a condition in which your neck becomes rigid due to constant headbanging.
Worry not, though, there were not common reports of injuries related to this fine and cathartic activity. If you’d rather live an intense and meaningful life, attending rock concerts without shaking that brain of yours it’s a sure way of failing at it. You might as well cut all the salt and pepper from your diet. Wait, probably that would save you on the long term more than avoiding headbaning.
Apparently health researchers took this subject very seriously and they now attentively study concert groups, watching their patterns of shaking or twisting their head, as well as their tempo, a key element in detecting if headbanging causes brain injury. Yes, this is good news, now you can prevent that post-concert rigid neck of yours if you plan your moves way ahead based on science results. Or at least this is what scientists want us to believe, although chances are they had a headbanging-agenda of their own, because who would really resist a little head shaking?