Is head-banging is hazardous to your health?

On Saturday night I watched the Linkin Park concert (in the SA Breweries suite nogal thanks to Jessica Yellin). I joined Quirkstars Sam Beckbessinger and Crayg Hitzeroth in being completely unlike my usual self and getting down to the music, drawing inspiration from Sam’s incarnation of her 15 year old self (Doc Martens, lots of black, and head banging).

Head banging

Here we are head banging. Crayg said “Epic!” a lot.

My neck’s feeling very stiff today, and I wondered whether head banging is good for one’s health. As it turns out, it isn’t. Head-banging can put you at risk for whiplash, brain injuries and stroke. Yay!

The Australian researchers who conducted the head-banging study conclude:

“To minimize 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.”

I can only assume the reference to adult-orientated rock is tongue-in-cheek.

It’s possible I will leave head-banging to the real Linkin Park fans in future.

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About Sarah Britten

Writer, blogger, communication strategist, artist, speaker, procrastinator.
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