Metalheads have known for ages that headbanging is hard on the body. They even have a name for the pain that comes after an evening engaged in their favorite activity: a bangover. Usually it’s nothing that a few ibuprofen and some downtime won’t fix—but a German Motorhead fan has gone far, far beyond that point by headbanging his way to actual brain damage.
The unnamed 50-year-old metalhead’s condition was discovered after he sought treatment at the Hannover Medical School for “constant, worsening headaches,” according to an AP report. Although he had no history of head injuries or substance abuse problems, a scan revealed brain bleeding that required doctors to drill a hole in his head to drain it—which actually sounds extremely metal. They discovered a benign cyst that, in conjunction with his frequent headbanging (most recently at a Motorhead concert), may have caused the bleeding.
Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, a member of the team that treated the man, says that normally with headbanging, “the risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if [our patient] had [gone] to a classical concert, this would not have happened.” That doesn’t mean he’s anti-metal, though. “Rock ‘n’ roll will never die,” the doctor said. “Heavy metal fans should rock on.”
Hit the jump for a classic Motorhead cut, and make sure you rock out. Doctor’s orders.