Brad Gushue back curling after concussion-like symptoms from on-ice fall

Veteran curler Brad Gushue returned to action Wednesday at The National for the first time since suffering a head injury last month. The St. John's skip needed seven stitches to close a gash above his right eye after he fell Oct. 31 at The Masters in Truro, N.S.

Veteran skip thinks frost on shoe gripper may have caused accident

Brad Gushue injured at Grand Slam of Curling Masters event

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Skip Brad Gushue was sent to hospital on Saturday afternoon after losing his footing and slipping on the ice, landing on his head.

Veteran curler Brad Gushue returned to action Wednesday for the first time since suffering a head injury last month.

The St. John's skip opened against Saskatoon's Steve Laycock in the late-afternoon draw at The National at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ont.

Gushue needed seven stitches to close a gash above his right eye after he fell Oct. 31 at The Masters in Truro, N.S.

He lost his balance and landed head first on the ice. Gushue thinks a buildup of frost on his shoe's gripper may have caused him to fall.

Gushue went down in the fourth end, got stitched up at a nearby hospital, and returned in the seventh end of a 5-2 quarter-final loss to Laycock.

He said he experienced concussion-like symptoms after he left the arena and again the next day. Gushue underwent a CT scan when he returned home and rested for almost a week.

He added that he had additional tests done this week before doctors gave him the go-ahead to travel and play at the Grand Slam of Curling event at GMC.

Gushue, 35, won Olympic gold at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

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