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Headbangers At Risk for Brain Injury, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Heavy metal aficionados may want to reconsider headbanging at their next concert.

A new study from German scientists found that headbanging can cause injury to individuals' brains, with the potential for bleeding.

Doctor said they treated a Motorhead fan who complained of constant headaches. While he had no history of head injuries or substance abuse, he told medical personnel that he had been headbanging at a show weeks earlier.

Blood was drained from the patients' brain and doctors discovered a cyst that could have made him more susceptible to bleeding.

"Although generally considered harmless, health complications attributed to this practice [headbanging] include carotid artery dissection, mediastinal emphysema, whiplash injury, and odontoid fracture," researchers said.

Doctors attributed the 50-year-old's injury to the force of headbanging, which led to rupturing of veins that eventually caused hemorrhage.

"This case serves as evidence in support of Motörhead's reputation as one of the most hardcore rock'n'roll acts on earth, if nothing else because of their contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury," doctors added.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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