Don’t take our word for it when we say that Motorhead still has the ability to rock your socks off and possibly give you a blood clot on the brain while headbanging. Standing as one of the oldest rock bands still making music today, Motorhead proved to be an almost fatal guilty pleasure for one of their fans while he was headbanging to one of his favorite tracks at a concert. According to a report by The Lancet, a 50-year-old male fan from Germany ended up having a blood clot on the brain after enjoying a concert while heavily headbanging. The man was successfully treated by removing the clot, after a CT scan revealed that he had a subdural haematoma on the right side of his brain. It was quite a mystery with the patient having no history of head injury, but admitted that he had been headbanging for years, with his most recent neck bender attending a Motorhead concert with his son.
Dr Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, one of the doctors who treated the man said:
“This case serves as evidence in support of Motorhead’s reputation as one of the most hardcore rock ‘n’ roll acts on Earth, if nothing else because of their music’s contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury,”
There is apparently three prior incidents documented with patients admitted for subdural haematoma linked to headbanging, one of which was fatal.
Dr Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian mentioned that:
“We are not against headbanging,”
The risks are low for this type of injury, he added:
“The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if [the patient] had gone to a classical concert, this would not have happened.”
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