Life’s Too Short. Keep Them Heads Banging!
The British Medical Journal’s, “Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass“ (VIA Boing Boing) details some scary news for all the head bangers out there.
Apparently mild traumatic brain and neck injury can easily occur if our range of motion is than 75°. Whether it’s heavy metal or dubstep, the average BPM is around 140. These are the higher tempos that pose the greatest risk.
So unless we start bringing protractors to all of our parties, the great alternative solution is to listen to more “adult oriented rock.” They even give us some brilliant examples like “Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Enya and Richard Clayderman.” It goes on to suggest that we should “only head bang to every second beat, or use personal protective equipment.” Ya that sounds okay. Anyone got some links on neck braces for my next concert? This stumble was far too funny to pass up. Just imagine people dancing with some sort of head gear or only banging to every other song or beat?
Please read the whole article yourself and tell me what you think.
I guarantee it won’t change anyone’s habits. After all, we are the Generation of Bass…