Tuesday, January 06, 2009

It's True - Metal Health CAN Drive You Mad

In a study published in the British Medical Journal last month, two University of New South Wales researchers concluded that head-banging to a typical heavy metal tempo could cause mild traumatic brain injury or concussion and neck injury, particularly as the tempo of the music and angle of movement increased.

Associate Professor Andrew McIntosh, co-author and professor of biomechanics at UNSW, said "If you observe people after concerts they clearly look dazed, confused and incoherent, so something must be going on and we wanted to look into it."

Maybe they should have looked into the 'recreational chemicals' ingested by concertgoers as well. I have certainly come out of metal shows looking 'dazed, confused and incoherent' and it's got nothing to do with headbanging, baby!

Well actually, those days are long over for me. I quit smoking 'tea' before concerts way back in high school when I went to a Dio concert and couldn't remember a thing about it the next day! I thought, man what a waste of money, and saved my indulgences for other opportune events like high school football games and marching band.

The full headbanging research story is here and is pretty funny. I suggest reading the whole article. Bang your heeeeeeead!


Seano said...

Man I am so glad to have found you.(through Layla's site). I feel right at home reading your blog and loved your Neil Young review(huge fan..have not bought it yet, so thanks!) I would like to blog roll you on my site if you don't mind.....have a great day....Horns up! seano

Isorski said...

Hey - yes, please do! I am adding yours as well. Great synergy. I am not going to read your Who at Kilburn review though, as I intend to post my own soon and don't want to be tempted to steal your thoughts!