News of Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday put scrutiny on the most visible aspect of his personal routine to avoid the virus – his mask.
According to Andrews Sports Medicine, Saban wears a SHEMA97 Functional Active Mask, which goes for less than $15 online.
According to the company, the mask uses nano fabric technology and a micro dustproof fabric with a 97.1% fine dust filter rate, filtering particles down to 1 micron. It has three layers that are sewn together into one.
Alabama is one of several SEC teams, including Auburn, which uses the mask, which was designed in part by Dana Marquez, associate athletics director of equipment operations at Auburn University. Marquez helped design the mask along with the North American Group, based in Atlanta. The mask is manufactured by SHEMA, a South Korean company that has been making masks for years.