It’s not considered a violent or dangerous sport at all, but one of world’s top curlers, Canadian Brad Gushue, suffered a serious head injury during competition recently.
He slipped on the ice and suffered some broken skin and concussion-like symptoms in an event in October.
The Olympic gold medal winner (Turin 2006) was playing in a Grand Slam Masters Championship when he leaned over and his feet slipped out from under crashing him head-first into the ice.
He lay on the ice for several minutes before being taken to hospital for stitches. He was able to return to the game shortly after, but then said the concussion symptoms kicked in post game and the next day.
He underwent a CT scan and was told to rest. After additional tests this week, doctors gave the 35-year-old the OK to play in the National championship being held at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa Ontario.
The incident, which occurred in front of a large television audience, prompted some to call for participants to wear helmets. So far, most involved with the sport have resisted such action.