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This page is a resource for anyone seeking information on the core aspects of the new commotio cordis reality. Please share it with others. Here you will find information below as well as in PDF form (downloadable and printable) on all aspects of this tragic event, even including a sample parental form to guide anyone in leadership on what can be sent to parents as a part of a legal obligation to warn of commotio cordis and inform of the solution. We welcome your questions and feedback at commotio@unequal.com.
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It’s time to get serious about protecting athletes.
No one should die playing sports.

 
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Commotio Cordis — It’s rare but catastrophic. Some call it a cardiac concussion, that kills. It can occur when a ball, stick or hand strikes the chest directly over or near the heart. The heart stops, breathing stops and within seconds the athlete is on the ground, unresponsive. Less than 50% survive.

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Tufts Medical Center found our HART technology to be the first ever effective in preventing Commotio Cordis

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The commotio cordis breakthrough

Tufts Medical Center in Boston heard of our protective superiority, and it was suggested that as the world-leading experts in commotio cordis, their efforts to find a protective solution for Commotio could be aided by Unequal. A couple years later a Tufts peer-reviewed, published study in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (March 2016, Jan 2017) confirmed it: We had invented the first technology ever proven to significantly reduce the risk of commotio cordis. This after more than 2 decades of Tufts trying to figure out if anything would work. Even the FDA signed off, issuing an IFU claim. HART products were designed and made available, using materials tested and proven in the Tufts study. So now, sudden death from commotio cordis is preventable.

“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

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After extensive review, the FDA issued a claim on our HART Pad device

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Who we are

At Unequal we only make gear that protects. Unequal.com and Unequal.live are where you will learn all about our products and what people are saying about us. With over 100 patents, our coated aramid fabric (like Kevlar®) is used in every product we make. In fact, we developed protective solutions for the military first and then adapted that ultrathin, ultralight technology for sports. Tens of thousands of athletes across all pro sports leagues, colleges, universities, high schools, youth leagues and clubs use Unequal protective gear to reduce risk, while driving greater confidence and a higher level of play.

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Are you in leadership overseeing the safety of athletes?

You need to know this:

Because commotio cordis is now preventable, any person or organization in a leadership position responsible partially (e.g. a school superintendent) or completely (e.g. a coach) for athlete safety, in any contact sport where athletes are at risk of commotio cordis, has a duty of care to inform parents and players of the risk, that there is a solution and how to access it. The law imposes that duty of care. Ignorance is not bliss. You must be proactive or risk exposure to legal action upon a commotio event.

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So protective it has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of the #2 killer in sports.

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fda ifu approved

After extensive review, the FDA issued a claim on our HART Pad device

SEE DETAILS

chest wall protection study
tufts tested approved

Tufts Medical Center found our HART technology to be the first ever effective in preventing Commotio Cordis

SEE DETAILS

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So protective it has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of the #2 killer in sports.

SEE DETAILS

 

PDFs can be reviewed, printed, shared

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HART Products Upend Status Quo

All chest protectors may soon be obsolete

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Do you Know Commotio?

The facts, the solution, leadership’s duty of care

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What to Do if Commotio Strikes

Actions to immediately take

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Legal Write-Up on Duty of Care

For commotio cordis, Juris Magazine, April 2018

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Tufts Complete Published Study

Mar 2016 / Jan 2017 Clinical Journal Sport Medicine

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Tufts Study - Synopsis Page

Most relevant findings

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Letter to Leadership

Regarding informing parents

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Template Sign-Off Form

For coaches and institutions to send to parents

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All Unequal HART Products

4 chest and heart protectors

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Flyer - Baseball HART Protectors

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Flyer - Lacrosse HART Protectors

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Flyer - HART for Any Position, Any Sport

 

OUR HART PADS WERE CLINICALLY TESTED BY TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER  

 
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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)”

LACROSSE

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

ANY SPORT

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When incorporated into a suitable garment and worn in accordance to instruction, the HART CC (commotio cordis) Pad device has been shown to reduce the mechanical impact received by the chest that may facilitate the reduction in risk of commotio cordis.

 

THE TUFT’S
STUDY CONCLUDED...

“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.”

CLINICALLY TESTED BY TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER  

LACROSSE

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

ANY SPORT

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tufts-approved-heart-protection

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)”

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fda-approved-heart-protection

When incorporated into a suitable garment and worn in accordance to instruction, the HART CC (commotio cordis) Pad device has been shown to reduce the mechanical impact received by the chest that may facilitate the reduction in risk of commotio cordis.

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THE TUFT’S
STUDY CONCLUDED...

“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.”

 
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Virtually No Other Chest Protection Comes Close

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

 
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