The science behind Polar Smart Coaching & technology
The technology and the proprietary Smart Coaching features in Polar products are based upon scientific work and are in accordance with recommendations from the world’s leading sports medicine authorities.
Our mission is to bring the benefits of our research within the reach of every athlete and turn data into actionable guidance. The background of our technology is explained in detail in our white papers.See white papers
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Polar heart rate monitoring and analyzing technology has been used by numerous researchers in the fields of sports, exercise and health. See our research library to find details of the studies that utilize Polar technology.Read more
Latest Science news
Polar sport watches excel in distance recordings validation study
The Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen (SFISM) studied the accuracy of the recorded distances obtained by eight GNSS-enabled sport watches, including three Polar watches.
Polar Research Center involved in several EU projects
The Polar Research Center is actively participating in several European Commission funded Horizon 2020 joint studies with industry, universities and institutes.
Exercise and sleep habits in Finland during COVID-19 epidemic
The Polar Research Center carried out an analysis on Polar customer data on activity, sports training and sleep behaviors in Finnish customers during the COVID-19 restrictions.
New study on using Polar heart rate technologies in swimming training
The Institute of Physical performance at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences has published a validation study on Polar heart rate technologies in swimming.
Polar Team Pro used in studies to explore performance in team sports
Polar Team Pro is an easy-to-use GPS-based athlete tracking system, designed for monitoring high level athlete’s performance in training. It is used not only by coaches to follow a team’s training, but also in scientific studies.
Polar OH1 optical HR measurement success story
The validity of OH1's heart rate measurement has been studied in several papers successfully. For example, the mean absolute error at rest and during various physical activities was 0.4% ranging from 0.1-0.9% in comparison to Polar H10 (Gilgen-Ammann).