Why are NFL teams using those pop-up medical tents on their sidelines?

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The NFL is taking a new approach toward diagnosing injuries, particularly concussions, on the playing field, and it’s going to take up some prime real estate on the field level.

The league will install collapsible, movable medical tents on each team’s sideline throughout the 2017 season, allowing doctors and training staff a measure of privacy and calm when examining a player. These tents will be noticeable from the stands — they’re big enough to fit a training table, the afflicted player, and all the doctors and staff members needed to perform a comprehensive test.

The Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower was the first player to use the tent in the 2017 season, after two Chiefs players rolled onto his knee in the third quarter of the NFL’s season opener.
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Cliff Avril went into the tent during the Seahawks-Packers game.

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