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
January 2021: Good snow conditions move Finns to ski tracks
Perfect snow conditions encouraged more Finns to exercise outdoors in January 2021.
Countermovement jump test valid in runner fatigue detection
Validated: Countermovement Jump (CMJ) test monitors stress and fatigue in elite athlete.
Sleep and mental health show interactions
Studying the relationship between sleep and mental health
Downloadable RR-intervals from training sessions
Training sessions done with an ECG heart rate sensor now contain a downloadable heart rate variability (HRV) data file.
Polar users carry numerous patents on their wrists
Polar is not only a pioneer of wearable sports technology, but a constantly active innovator.
Polar product R-R intervals comparable to 12-lead ECG in hypertensive adults
Examining the validity of recording R-R intervals using the Polar V800™ compared to 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG).