If you watched any Crimson Tide football last season, you may have noticed something unusual on the sideline: a tent designed to provide privacy for injured players as team medical staff attended to them. Expect to see that tent on many more sidelines in the near future.
The SidelinER tent is produced by Kinematic Sports, a company founded by Alabama graduates, and it is designed to provide a private space near the field of play for players to receive medical attention. The design came about as a result of a collaboration between the Alabama engineering program and the athletics department, and the university helped establish the patent for the tent.
Jared Cassity, one of the Alabama graduates who designed the tent and founded Kinematic Sports, said the tent was intended to provide athletes the opportunity to receive medical care during games without becoming a spectacle.
“When this goes up, you have a private one-on-one experience with your doctor,” Cassity said to Ed Enoch of the Tuscaloosa news. “You didn’t have that before.”
The SidelinER tent is being marketed to football programs from the high school level all the way to the NFL. The Buffalo Bills will have one on hand for training camp this summer, and 29 FBS teams have inquired about the tents, according to Enoch. Kinematic Sports is offering a sponsorship program for high school teams that wish to purchase one if the $5,000 price point is too steep. This would allow high school programs to engage community support to help defray the costs.