The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently granted the University of Alabama a patent on the portable collapsible medical sideline tent that captured national attention when it appeared on the Crimson Tide sidelines during the 2015 championship season.
The patent was awarded to the university last month. The SidelinER was the brainchild of UA’s director of sports medicine, Jeff Allen, and was created by four students as part of a senior design project. The collapsible, portable tent offers privacy on the sideline for the examination of injured players.
“I can’t believe we did this without the SidelinER,” Allen said. “I clearly knew there would be a benefit to privacy, but I didn’t realize how much it would improve our medical exam on the sideline. The medical staff and the athletes are much calmer in a private environment, and we get a better medical exam than we used to get.”
Allen and alumni Jared Cassity, Christian Parris, Jared Porteous and Patrick Powell are credited on the patent as the inventors.
Kinematic Sports LLC, a company founded by Cassity, Powell and Allen, has exclusive rights from the university to manufacture, market and distribute the tent, which is being used by collegiate, prep and professional teams.
The company has space in The Edge, a business incubator in downtown Tuscaloosa.