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Is it possible to sustain brain injury or swelling from headbanging to music?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Actually, yes

'headbanging' involves rapidly & forcefully whipping the head back and forth.
It has been reported to cause neck injury, whiplash, and mild traumatic brain injury. Headbanging causes'coup-contracoup' injury due to brain impact against the rigid skull. Dizziness, headache, & confusion can result. Safer solutions would be to throw up your rock fist, steer clear of the mosh pit, & wear earplugs.

In brief: Actually, yes

'headbanging' involves rapidly & forcefully whipping the head back and forth.
It has been reported to cause neck injury, whiplash, and mild traumatic brain injury. Headbanging causes'coup-contracoup' injury due to brain impact against the rigid skull. Dizziness, headache, & confusion can result. Safer solutions would be to throw up your rock fist, steer clear of the mosh pit, & wear earplugs.
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