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NFL Adopts Medical tent created by Alabama...

on 5/25/2017

Crimson Tide Football:

A medical-evaluation tent born at Alabama will be used by NFL teams during the 2017 season.

During his remarks to the press at the conclusion of the NFL's spring meetings in Chicago on Tuesday, league commissioner Roger Goodell said the tents would be on NFL sidelines this season.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, made a presentation to team owners on Tuesday that included the medical tents. Sills was professor of neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt before being named to the NFL position in March.

"This year, we will be using medical-examination tents on the sidelines, which you may have seen to some extent on the college level,"
Goodell told reporters on Tuesday. "It's an opportunity for us to have a better examination because it will insure privacy for a short period of time so doctors can go ahead and make the appropriate diagnosis."

Jeff Allen, Alabama football's head athletic trainer, was seeking a way to make sideline medical care during games more private. 


From that idea and Allen's work with two Alabama engineering students - Jared Cassity and Patrick Powell - the medical-evaluation tent was developed.

Known as the Sideline-ER, the tents are produced by Kinematic Sports now. The company was started by Allen and the two former students. Their product has spread in college football.

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