5 YEAR POLARCAP® STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF NEUROTRAUMA
Since the founding of PolarCool, a key focus has been to conduct and support studies evaluating the clinical effects of the PolarCap® System in relation to the treatment of concussion and sub-concussive repetitive blows to the head.
As a treatment for concussion, PolarCap® has been clinically evaluated in a 5-year study in partnership between Lund University and the Swedish Ice Hockey League (SHL) where a total of 19 Swedish professional ice hockey teams participated over 5 seasons. The study was initiated in 2016 and was led by Professor Niklas Marklund.
The study is titled: ‘Shorter recovery time in concussed elite ice hockey players by early head-and neck cooling - a clinical trial.'
Results from the study showed significant positive effects for players treated with PolarCap (intervention group) in comparison with non-treated players (control group), in relation to shortened recovery time from a concussion, and immediate relief of symptoms. Most interestingly, the study found that long-term absence (3 weeks or more) was greatly reduced among treated players (by almost 80%).
In September 2022 the study was peer-reviewed and accepted to be published by the Journal of Neurotrauma.
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Table shows the percentage of players absent due to concussion, and the correlating return to play days, for players who were treated with PolarCap® System compared to non-treated players.
All differences in favor of the treatment group are statistically significant (p<0.05).
5 YEAR POLARCAP® STUDY RETURN TO PLAY TABLE | 132 CASES
Due to the positive results shown in the clinical study, at the start of the 2020/2021 season the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) entered into an agreement with PolarCool, ensuring that one PolarCap® System would be available at every SHL game. PolarCools partnership with the SHL has continued into the 2022/2023 season.
In addition, to the statistical medical outcome as an important factor, teams using PolarCap® will, with a high probability, greatly reduce the total number of days that players are absent due to concussion. Among the health benefits for the athlete, this also equates to sport-specific and financial benefits for teams.