Alabama secures patent for sideline medical tent

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Nick Saban is making an impact in the NFL without even being there.

Alabama’s sideline medical tent, which was adopted in 2017 by the NFL, has received a patent. The SidelinER was used not only by the NFL but by many college football programs this past season.

Developed by engineering students at Alabama, the value comes from its ability to be quickly assembled and taken down, and from its portable nature.

“It’s taken off because physicians and athletic trainers recognize the definite need for a product like this on their sideline,” University of Alabama director of sports medicine Jeff Allen said in a release. “It’s very easy to operate and easy to use, so people see it can be beneficial.”

The patent gives Alabama the exclusive ability to market the device. Allen hopes that the device will continue to grow for both college and high-school sports. It also could be used bu first responders and the military.

13 responses to “Alabama secures patent for sideline medical tent

  1. Someone will “invent” a variation that doesn’t infringe on the patent – and sell that to the NFL.

  2. Like reinventing the wheel.

    We all knew there had to be something better than those rock hard tires on bicycles and bingo, someone had a patent. I think Mr Dunlop invented those hard tires. Not sure who figured out air might be a better idea.

    Anyway, the Alabama engineering Dept just got rich. Their engineering program can now skyrocket to the top. If that’s the end game and it should be.

  3. For I come from Alabama with a sidline examination tent that you will have to pay exorbitant amounts of money to use or face lawsuits on my knee.

  4. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    Which means the NFL will now have to pay for the right to use it. They’re not gonna like that.


    And I hope the student gets a good cut for his modified ice shanty.

  5. So they get a patent for essentially doing what the US Army did, on a much larger scale, in the 50s? The vetting at the US Patent Office must be sliding.

  6. Seriously, I looked up the Patent… the hinges are what makes it different from the Beach, Little League, Ice Fishing pop-up nylon tent with fiberglass rods. This Country has gone insane. I am going to patent ice. I got the idea this winter when I noticed that when it is really cold the rain get hard. I figured this might work in say a warm drink?

  7. cabosan1978 says:
    February 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm
    Its called a portable ice shanty for ice fishing. They have been around for a hundred years.

    yuuuppp , but leave that to the people in the south to believe they made something new . ” heck maybe i should patent my first ICE HOUSE “,it was just tree branchs holding up 2 double sized sleeping bags zipped together with snow packed around the edges on the outside to hold it down

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