TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A vision is becoming a reality as University of Alabama Trustees approved I-CAST, The Integrative Center for Athletic and Sports Technology, to help athletes reduce injuries through technology.
"The idea is taking the technologies that exist and directly applying it to meet a specific need that they are facing in that particular realm of athletics," said Dr. Tim Haskew, UA I-CAST Director.
Whether it's printing and designing devices to aid wheelchair athletes in adaptive athletics or profitable ideas birthed by UA engineering majors - like the privacy tent called the SidelinER for injured football players - students and faculty at the new center get hands on experience in this first of its kind initiative that won't require new construction on campus.
"The center actually is more of a group of people than it is a bunch of bricks. We have the facilities," Haskew said.
And while the center hopes to use its technologies to help student-athletes get back on the court or the field sooner, they also hope their technologies will end up on the construction site and assembly lines to help workers get back to work sooner as well.