In recent years, sideline medical tents have been popping up across the football landscape — both at the college and NFL levels.
Teams have the Alabama Crimson Tide to thank for that, as they popularized the use of the tents back in 2015.
Now, the tents have been patented by the university, as reported by AL.com on Monday morning:
Now called SidelinER, the collapsible sideline workstation was created by UA sports medicine director Jeff Allen and four mechanical engineering students. It debuted in 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The following year, the university licensed the technology to Kinematic Sports — a company formed by Allen and two of the students who worked on the project, Jared Cassity and Patrick Powell.
Allen added that he thinks the tents could have uses in the military and in other emergency medical situations, among other things.
For now, though, the Crimson Tide will continue utilizing the structures on their sidelines to give injured players some privacy.