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Metal Medical Alert!
A new study has just revealed something that might make you doublethink before head banging at the next concert you mosh into.
Two researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia have published an article in the British Medical Journal, concluding that songs with a tempo of 146 beats a minute or faster can cause mild head injuries if the head's range of motion moves more than 75 degrees.
"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," explained Dr. Andrew McIntosh, professor of biomechanics at UNSW.
The expert in the effects of head injuries, who co-authored the research findings with honors student Declan Patton, said that as the tempo of the song and the amount of head motion increase, so to do the risks.
Some of their methods included observing head bangers at heavy metal and rock concerts, surveying musicians to find out what tunes they were most likely to head bang to, and then mapping out the beats per minute of the top 10 songs cited.
"Possible preventive interventions include limiting the range of neck motion through a formal training program delivered before a concert, switching to easy-listening music like Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Enya and Richard Clayderman, and using personal protective equipment, such as neck braces, to limit range of motion," McIntosh explained.
Now, if you must bang your head, McIntosh recommends trying to reduce risk by only thrashing on every second beat.
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