NCBI ROFL: Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass.

By ncbi rofl | May 26, 2010 7:00 pm

headbangingIt’s BMJ week (again) on NCBI ROFL! After the success of our first BMJ week, we decided to devote another week to fun articles from holiday issues of the British Medical Journal.  Enjoy!

“OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risks of mild traumatic brain injury and neck injury associated with head banging, a popular dance form accompanying heavy metal music. DESIGN: Observational studies, focus group, and biomechanical analysis. PARTICIPANTS: Head bangers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Head Injury Criterion and Neck Injury Criterion were derived for head banging styles and both popular heavy metal songs and easy listening music controls. RESULTS: 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 degrees . At higher tempos and greater ranges of motion there is a risk of neck injury. CONCLUSION: To minimise the risk of head and neck injury, head bangers should decrease their range of head and neck motion, head bang to slower tempo songs by replacing heavy metal with adult oriented rock, only head bang to every second beat, or use personal protective equipment.”

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  • Art

    I don’t like the idea of people headbanging to adult contemporary or even worse; Nickleback. Stay metal, my friends.

  • Bellitheist

    Don’t the people who listen to “adult oriented rock” already have brain damage?

  • http://www.heavymetalgamers.com matt

    wow that’s brutal

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