Since the first Polar heart rate monitor was developed in 1982, Polar Electro has been committed to conducting innovative physiological and sports medical research. In fact, all of the features in Polar products are based upon scientific work and are in accordance with recommendations from the world’s leading sports medicine authorities. In addition to its own in-house research and development, Polar Electro is also involved in co-operation with a number of research institutions worldwide, the results of which have been presented in many scientific congresses and published in international scientific papers. Besides individuals interested in their personal well-being, Polar heart rate monitoring and analyzing technology has been used by numerous researchers in the fields of sports, exercise and health. In the following sections you’ll find numerous articles about the research we, and other organisations have carried out in relation to Polar products and exercise training.
If you want a more insightful understanding of our heart rate monitors, you’ll find just what you’re looking for within our Research Index section. Updated twice a year, it’s an essential tool for seeking out published physiological and medical exercise and health studies, as well as technology research involving Polar products. The articles are listed under several different categories and are presented according to their published year. Complete reference information is given for each study, so the original work is easy to obtain from the library and reprint requests can be sent directly to the author.
- Validity and reliability of the heart rate monitors
- Training for fitness and health
- Studies on animals
- Physical activity and energy expenditure assessment
- Performance and fitness testing
- Other medical issues
- Other exercise issues
- Occupational medicine
- Development and validation of Polar features
- Competitive Sports and Training
- Children and adolescents
- Exercise in elderly
At Polar, we are always open to suggestions from our readers as to ways in which we can improve our products. That’s why we set up Research Guidelines. Inside, you’ll find information about how to proceed if you’re interested in conducting or proposing a collaborative research study with the Polar Company. The document, which is updated annually, certifies that Polar Electro is involved in the high quality research of exercise sciences, and that as a company, we are interested in the furthering of studies. After all, in doing so they can help us to create more effective products. So if you want to share your thoughts, the Research Guidelines will show you how.
The science behind Polar products is an extensive topic, one that provides endless discussion points for the people that work within the Polar Company. So rather than keeping our thoughts to ourselves, we decided to share them with you. As a result, some of our staff have recorded their findings which can be viewed within the Scientific Summary section. The majority of the articles are unpublished reviews written by people within Polar about the science related to the key Polar features and programs.