Those that attended or watched University of Central Florida‘s Football game these past few seasons may have noticed a large tent that injured players disappeared into. This is nothing to be concerned about—in fact, it’s one of UCF Football teams secret weapon. This tent is a Kinematic Sports SidelinER, a simple product with a revolutionary application & the first to be used in the American Athletic Conference.
The SidelinER is a portable and collapsible patient exam room designed specifically to meet the needs of athletic programs. In the past it used to be that injured players had no other choice but to be evaluated in front of thousands fans, which was not exactly conducive of patient confidentiality. Additionally, they would sometimes need to go back to the locker room to be checked, resulting in extra missed game time. However, the Jewett Orthopaedic SidelinER eliminates these problems—it offers a private, sideline exam room where injuries can be assessed and players feel comfortable, right on the field.
The tent was conceived and developed at the University of Alabama Athletics by their head athletic trainer, Jeff Allen, and two engineering students, Jared Cassity and Patrick Powell. Allen felt that injured players needed better privacy to promote a more medical environment during evaluation. Working with his team, a product was designed that has transformed sideline sports medicine. Top college and professional football teams are using the SidelinER.
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, the team physicians for the UCF Knights, gifted a SidelinER to the UCF Sports Medicine team to allow the medical team to treat players more efficiently and quickly. It is another way Jewett Orthopaedic’s Sports Medicine team is keeping the UCF Knights in the game.
“We could have two or three different doctors giving opinions on a player, and we can get a lot more done in our tent than we could in the locker room sometimes,” said Dr. Michael Jablonski, head team physician & medical director for the Knights. “It’s like a mini training room out on the field.”
This as a big advantage originally, it would take at least 15 to 20 minutes to take a player back to the locker room, evaluate them, treat them, and bring them back. This translates into a player possibly missing the majority of, if not the entire, quarter.
Even though UCF has been listed as one of the teams to watch this football season, there’s no doubt that their Jewett Medical Tent will give them an extra edge & secret weapon over their opponents. And along the way, Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic and its physicians will be there treating injuries and getting players back on the field.