Is Headbanging Dangerous?

To bang or not to bang

To bang or not to bang

Being a heavy metal fan comes with certain dangers — and that doesn’t include the risk of possession by the devil.

No, these dangers are far more of the brain, neck and spine variety and the culprit is… headbanging.

Sarah spoke to some health professionals about the risk of ‘banging for Consequence Of Sound’s Component section.

To read the story — and how to prevent metal onset brain injury — go here.

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That Time Andy Dick Beat Joe Rogan In A Fight

Andy Dick vs. Joe Rogan

Andy Dick vs. Joe Rogan

Nineties sitcom NewsRadio was way ahead of the curve in a number of ways.

One that stood out for Sarah was the way the show portrayed mixed martial arts during a time when “human cockfighting” was the dismissive shorthand for the sport.

Of particular interest for her was when the show pitted Andy Dick vs. Joe Rogan in an anything-goes fight.

Sarah wrote about how it went down for Fightland. To read it go here.

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Mitch Gagnon: Made In Canada

Mitch Gagnon

Mitch Gagnon

Fast-rising UFC bantamweight contender Mitch Gagnon’s ascent through the MMA ranks has been an unlikely one for one reason — geography.

Hailing from the small northern city of Sudbury, Ontario and unable to leave Canada due to legal issues, Gagnon has faced a number of hurdles in his advancement.

That hasn’t stopped him though.

Sarah talked to him for Fightland. To read the story go here.

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Thrashing Up The Strombo Show

BiWay memories

BiWay memories

Last week I made a brief appearance on my friend/colleague’s The Strombo Show to request some thrash metal and talk about BiWay shoes.

The song I requested was The Prophecy 23’s “Party Like It’s ’84.”

To hear the song and my bit launch the player below and head deep into the third hour of the show.

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Clint Malarchuk On Mental Health: ‘It Doesn’t Matter How Tough You Are, It Can Hit Any Person’

Clint Malarchuk, the 1986-87 Rendez-Vous All-Star.

Clint Malarchuk, the 1986-87 Rendez-Vous All-Star.

Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender best known for suffering a gruesome skate-slash-to-the-neck injury in his playing days, recently attended the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival to promote his new book The Crazy Game a showing of his ESPN 30 For 30 doc, Cutthroat.

Throughout his playing days and into retirement Malarchuk dealt with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, alcoholism and an undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder. The weight of these illnesses eventually led to a suicide attempt.

It didn’t succeed. And after a lengthy rehab Malarchuk has emerged to tell his story.

I spoke with him about it for Samaritan Mag.

To read the story go here.

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In Living Color’s Most Interesting Fight Sketches

In Living Color

In Living Color

Back in the day In Living Color was the funniest show around what with Homey The Clown and such.

The show also frequently liked to showcase sketches related to the fighting arts with Mike Tyson parodies, ninja appearances and peculiar self-defense classes.

Sarah jumped into the wayback machine and assessed all of these old fight-related sketches for Fightland.

You can read the story by going here.

 

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Meghan Trainor Still Working On Self-Acceptance

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor

One of the biggest pop songs of the past couple months has been the posi-anthem “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

Sarah spoke to Trainor about the hit song and the long and winding road the singer has taken towards the body acceptance that’s the subject of the song.

To read the story head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.

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