Portable medical tent gives injured Bama players privacy during treatment

Portable medical tent gives injured Bama players privacy during treatment

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - You know about the University of Alabama's excellence on the football field.

Now students from the school's College of Engineering are helping injured players on the sideline.

Jeff Allen, assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine at the UA, contacted Chuck Karr, the Dean of the College of Engineering in May about a project that would make it easier treat injured players away from the public.

A team of mechanical engineering students made a portable tent that can be extended or dropped down in seconds.

They made a portable tent for the medical staff that can be raised or lowered in a matter of seconds to give the Tide's medical staff some privacy as they treat injured players.

Athletic trainers started using it by the second game of the 2015 season.

"Let's say I want to take a player in there and do some sort of treatment. I want to tape an ankle or tape a knee. I may not want everybody to know exactly what's going on. So it kind of gives us an added level of privacy, which in this environment, very hard to get," Allen said.

Allen confirmed other schools have called the University about the tent. He added the school is in the process of getting a patent for it.

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