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Short research on brain damage caused by head-banging 
11th-Jan-2009 04:41 pm
I mentioned before that I had started to worry a tiny bit about whether there might occur serious brain damages caused by head-banging, or not... I asked my mom, whether she knew of any rockers or metal-heads that have been reported to have been dying from brain damage, as I never heard of any cases like these. She didn't, either. About everyone I know says "Yeah, I know it's not good for your brain... (but I don't care the Hell! *headbangs on*)", but no one could ever tell me why.

Is it risky?


If so, how?

These being my main questions, I started looking for articles on the net... surely, I'd prefer proper material, but I neither have time, nor sources for any. Besides, the internet provides one with a lot of information. Most of the time, even too much.

So I stumbled over this article on ABC.net, click on the link for the whole (short-)story.


Rockin' research shows head-banging batters brains

Well, first of all after reading with cocking my eyebrows at this and that, I thought that if this sort of damage they talk about, and the mentioned 'light brain damage' (that never is being explained or written out ever) is all there has been scientifically proven to be (and I guess we're all able to take care to not bang into anything or anyone)...

...heck, let's the fuck rock on! 凸(>w<)凹

Starting from the title... trying to be poetic here? [To be honest, I read "betters brains" first, and thought "oho!" ... lol]

And heck... "dazed, confused and incoherent"? Yeah I can be that, too, after concerts. And I don't even drink alcohol. Erm... ever came to think it might be due to the fucking great experience and happiness you can feel at lives? The exhilaration? The sadness despite the happiness, because it's over? Prof, get a life. [Here's an article on the article, by the way... sarcastic, much?]

Some of the comments spoke right from the core of my hearts, really. I'll post some here:

Is this an ABC prank story?

- Headbanging is bad for your head and neck,
- There is no headbanging at Andre Rieu concerts, and
- researchers were exposed to loud music at rock concerts.

What an utter waste of resources. And universities have the nerve to complain when they don't recieve research funding.

I wonder how many people died of hunger and disease while they conducted this highly interesting and socially benefical study. Perhaps a more constructive use of there time and money would be why, when I 'cut cheese' there are noisy and silent ones.
[just found that one illustrating XD]

I had a traumatic and very severe lip injury at age 17 when I was obsessed with the fantasy that I was Bob Dylan and went too hard on my harmonica....

Rock music is evil and dangerous.............

I remember giving my self a servere crook neck when I was 13, head banging to Suzi Quatro's 48 Crash. Never did that again. I told my kids that if you head bang to music their brains will swirl around in their heads. I think it worked - they're not brain dead - yet.
[Mm well sure you can hurt your neck, strain the muscles and so on. That happens in physical education, too, though. Just warm up your necks before you start going mad, sheesh, it's not that difficult, is it? A bit of self-consciousness does a bit of the trick.]

So attempts to find control cases of head-banging at Andre Rieu concerts were unsuccessful were they?
I'm wondering if he actually thought he'd find any or whether he just wanted to go to the concert to rid himself of the trauma of the other concerts.
[Probably, ne XDD]

As it was an observational study, I am wondering how they come up with the notion that people being "dazed, confused and incoherent" after a heavy metal concert, is related solely to head-banging, rather than possible unobserved overindulgence in alcohol?

Just an observation. ;)

Having done some head-banging from time to time, have to say I gave it up because it gave me a pain in the neck. So I'm sure there is something in what the good professor is suggesting.
[Got a point there, or two. However I have to say, the 'pain in the neck' I have been feeling (if) after nights of head-banging, they resulted from normal muscle ache.]

Yep, computer models will give you brain injury every time. In fact my brain hurts just typing this, or maybe its the Deep Purple raging in the background! Lets all just wrap ourselves up in cotton wool and exist. Sorry, I'd rather live.

Right. As long as metal heads don't start dropping down due to inner bleedings in their head caused by their head-banging, I won't even try and constrict the fun I have at concerts.

Mind you, I never had more fun and felt more free before I started with head-banging.

And if I decided to not want to head-bang at a concert and have about the same fun, I'd go visit a concert that does not include any sort of physical motion... like one of André Rieu. かお


12th-Jan-2009 09:20 am (UTC)
I can't believe it's for real, the article, the professor I mean. Don't they have some more important projects to waste their money on? Well, at least the comments are really amusing:D

And IF headbanging causes damage to brain, mine has to be completely dead after Saturday's party^^
12th-Jan-2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
ロロ... lol XD Well I wonder... I mean there's all kind of people out there that call themselves professors... I just wonder... why the heck waste your and especially the readers time with... this? //oO"

Ahahaha... well, we're all brain dead anyway, aren't we, to like such strange music, eh? xD
12th-Jan-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I can answer that - they can waste their time because they have no life:P I bet the professor guy is lonely and sad and has to do sth with all this free time^^


I'm going to post link to photo gallery later today, so if you have time you can check it:D
12th-Jan-2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ahaha... sad, sad life, ne? ^ ^"
Well I mean.. I wouldn't object to ummm... research the head-bang behaviour amongst young... Jrockers... and erm... do a serious study to their erm... backstage behaviour and.. inner-band... *cough* actions そうはいそうです。

I'm 絶対 gonna check later on :3.... So you can feeeel the envy and despair xP
12th-Jan-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
... Yessss, I wouldn't mind that ^++++^ I can also imagine myself in the stupid professor place, doing ALL the research personally... 鼻血

12th-Jan-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ahahahah! なるほど、なるほど。。。I can see you in his place too, I mean, in my place, I mean, his place, I mean ummmm............ 怪鼻血
17th-Jan-2009 09:43 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, had to laugh so much about all the comments on this article, especially the part with Andrè Rieu: just imagine an audience (dressed up beautifully, of course), starting headbanging to his music ...

Surely, headbanging isn't a healthy sort of work-out, but bungee-jumping or riding a horrible roller-coaster isn't healthy, too - but it's fucking fun (for some), isn't it??

And life should contain as much fun as possible, ne?

17th-Jan-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
XDDDD The comments really brightened up my day xDDD

18th-Jan-2009 08:35 am (UTC)
Me, tooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18th-Jan-2009 11:20 am (UTC)

(let's fetz XD)
18th-Jan-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)

Looking forward to next time *lol*
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