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WARNING: THIS EQUIPMENT IS DESIGNED TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY ONLY FOR THE SPECIFIC BODY AREA WHICH IT COVERS. THIS EQUIPMENT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT AREA WILL BE PROTECTED FROM ALL INJURIES. ANY MODIFICATION OF THIS ITEM IS FORBIDDEN. 

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CLINICALLY TESTED BY TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER  and  FDA REVIEWED

Read the Peer-reviewed, published study in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, March, 2016, “Development of a Chest Wall Protector Effective in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death by Chest Wall Impact (commotio cordis)” 

After extensive evaluation, and following on our landmark study from Tufts Medical Center, the FDA has determined that patented HART CC pads, found in every Unequal HART chest protector, can improve safety on the sports field.

  • Commotio cordis is sudden death caused by a random, non-penetrating blow to the chest by a ball, bat, stick or hand.

  • Commotio cordis is the # 2 killer in sports with 40+ million boys and girls ages 6 to 18 who play contact sports at risk.

  • Sports with at-risk players: Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer, Martial Arts, Football, Cricket, Basketball and other contact sports.

What is commotio cordis?

HART CATCHER
Baseball Chest Protector

No other name brand
chest protector performs
at this level.

HART SHIRT
Heart Protector For Any Sport

Use as a primary
base layer or to supplement
other chest protection.

HART GOALIE
Lacrosse Chest Protector

Experience complete
range of motion in ultra-light, low profile protection.

HART PAD
Heart Protector For Any Sport
Team friendly, with easy
removal and sharing amongst
multiple players.

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“I am excited to have played a role in discovering a technology that offers excellent protection against commotio cordis.”

Mark Link, M.D.
Board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist, leading worldwide authority on commotio cordis 

Unequal has spent five years and millions of dollars pioneering composites to invent an effective deterrent to sudden death from commotio cordis. Now, with the FDA’s findings, Unequal is able to market their heart protectors and finally inform millions of families of the world’s first technology shown to greatly reduce risk of sudden death from commotio cordis.

“It is reasonable to expect that chest protector designs incorporating these novel materials (Unequal HART) will be effective in the prevention of commotio cordis on the playing field.”

THE TUFT’S
STUDY CONCLUDED...

Significantly reduces the risk of sudden death from commotio cordis, the #2 killer in sports

Virtually No Other Chest Protection Comes Close

More about commotio

Combatting commotio cordis
It’s like a concussion of the heart, that kills. Its occurrence is relatively rare, but when it happens, it is catastrophic.

Leading cause of fatalities
Commotio is the leading cause of fatalities in youth baseball and most common in the nation’s fastest growing sport, lacrosse, according to a September 2009 study in the Pediatrics journal.

When it occurs
Commotio takes place when a stick, ball or hand hits the chest, usually directly over the heart, at a specific time between heart beats. The impact de-synchronizes the heart’s rhythm, resulting in a failure to pump blood and, thus, cardiac arrest. It occurs generally between the ages of 10 and 17 and usually happens to boys. 

AED’s help but…
The increasing presence of expensive AEDs at youth athletic events has helped the survival rate from a commotio event, but AEDs are used after the heart has stopped. Over two-thirds of reported cases result in death despite an AED sometimes being near by.

Do chest protectors protect?
Studies have shown they have been ineffective. In fact, over 30% of the time chest protectors have been worn when commotio deaths have occurred.

Commotio cordis events happen more than you think
Even though there are at least 2 registries for keeping track of commotio cordis deaths, they are voluntary, so there is under-reporting. There is no official repository of those moments where an athlete recovers after the horrifying minutes of frantic reviving efforts. Even if death does not occur, the experience leaves family and friends shell-shocked.

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Thin, lightweight, flexible, comfortable. Each protector contains patented HART tech that is ergonomically placed to protect the heart area.

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HART CATCHER
Baseball Chest Protector

HART SHIRT
Heart Protector for Any Sport

HART GOALIE
Lacrosse Chest Protector

HART PAD
Heart Protector for Any Sport

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More facts about commotio cordis

LACROSSE

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

ANY SPORT

  • Prior: Know whether there is an athletic trainer present at a sports event. Is there an AED there or not, where is it, is it operable, etc.

  • What to look for: An athlete (usually between ages of 10 to 18, is hit in the chest by an object such as a baseball, baseball bat, lacrosse ball, hockey puck, soccer ball, fist (in karate), etc. The athlete will typically stumble forward for a few seconds, which is followed by unconsciousness, no breathing, and no pulse. Many mistake the moment as being “Oh, he just got the wind knocked out of him.” Even if there is no understanding exactly what happened and there is no apparent trauma, assume it could be deadly commotio cordis.

  • Emergency Action Plan: Observers must quickly take action by checking breathing and pulse, activating the EMS system (call 911), send for the AED and initiate CPR if necessary. As soon as the AED arrives, apply the electrodes to assist in monitoring the athlete.

  • Early CPR immediately after the emergency response system has been activated is important. That combined with rapid defibrillation can significantly increase the chances of survival. For every 1 minute delay in getting shocked by the AED there is a 10% decline in survival rate.

  • Performing CPR while the AED or defibrillator is readied for use is strongly recommended.

  • Using an AED is the best practice and gives the athlete the greatest chance of survival.

COMMOTIO CORDIS,  The Basics

About commotio cordis

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Combatting commotio cordis
It’s like a concussion of the heart, that kills. Its occurrence is relatively rare, but when it happens, it is catastrophic.

Leading cause of fatalities
Commotio is the leading cause of fatalities in youth baseball and most common in the nation’s fastest growing sport, lacrosse, according to a September 2009 study in the Pediatrics journal.

When it occurs
Commotio takes place when a stick, ball or hand hits the chest, usually directly over the heart, at a specific time between heart beats. The impact de-synchronizes the heart’s rhythm, resulting in a failure to pump blood and, thus, cardiac arrest. It occurs generally between the ages of 10 and 17 and usually happens to boys. 

AED’s help but…
The increasing presence of expensive AEDs at youth athletic events has helped the survival rate from a commotio event, but AEDs are used after the heart has stopped. Over two-thirds of reported cases result in death despite an AED sometimes being near by.

Do chest protectors protect?
Studies have shown they have been ineffective. In fact, over 30% of the time chest protectors have been worn when commotio deaths have occurred.

Commotio cordis events happen more than you think
Even though there are at least 2 registries for keeping track of commotio cordis deaths, they are voluntary, so there is under-reporting. There is no official repository of those moments where an athlete recovers after the horrifying minutes of frantic reviving efforts. Even if death does not occur, the experience leaves family and friends shell-shocked.

Serious Heart & Chest Protection

Each protector contains patented HART tech that is ergonomically placed to protect the heart area.

Significantly
reduces the risk of sudden death from commotio cordis, the #2 killer in sports

Serious Heart
& Chest Protection

Each protector contains patented HART tech that is ergonomically placed to protect the heart area.

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