STEVE Munn is a concussion victim who proscribed himself a ‘punch in the head contest’ to check whether or not he was on the road to recovery.
It’s not exactly regarded as normal medical procedure.
But the Sheffield Steelers defenceman - while not advising it for others - is glad his way of testing his mild brain injury has at least answered a few questions.
Munn missed eight games earlier this season, and his fuzzy symptoms have concerned him since then. But his bruising battle a few days ago with Dundee Stars rival Matt Suderman confirmed he is now full recovered.
As a player, Munn is back to his intimidating best.
The Canadian said: “The concussion has always been in the back of my mind. I was absolutely miserable for about five weeks after it happened. Then all of a sudden it was like the fog lifted. My mood got better and I’ve felt great since I have been cleared.
“Being involved in a ‘punch in the face’ contest is probably not the best thing for a guy with concussion. Maybe I am the only a guy with concussion who would think it’s a good idea to keep fighting!”
Munn stepped in for the scrap in the Dundee game after teammate Jeff Legue was whacked by Suderman.
“I guess he was taking some liberties so I went straight to him and gave him a bump,” he said,
“He knows - he’s been around - when that happens it’s on. We had a good fight, got it out of our systems and I think he was kind of quiet the rest of the night.”
It was the first scrap Steelers’ top blue-liner has been in since the injury and regards it as a rigorous, if not scientific, examination of his fitness.
“Yes it was worth doing and I feel good” he said. “It was definitely a relief to get it out of the way.
“I had been thinking about it for a while, what would happen when it was time to do it. You just get carried away in the heat of the game and don’t really think about anything else. I won’t be going out of my way to pick fight,s though. Another concussion is not somewhere I ever went to go down again.”
Steelers’ loss to Hull last Saturday leaves them five points clear of Saturday’s opponents, Belfast Giants.