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Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI)

Founded in 1985, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) is committed to helping athletes optimize their health and performance through research, innovation, education and service in hydration and nutrition science.

GSSI scientists study the effects of nutrition on the human body before, during and after exercise. For more than three decades, hundreds of amateur, elite and professional athletes have participated in testing with GSSI and in studies with university research partners around the globe. GSSI’s headquarter lab, mobile and satellite laboratories in Bradenton, FL and Frisco, TX, on the field testing and global staff enable GSSI to do leading research with the aim to provide athletes with advice and products that help their performance and achieve their goals.

GSSI’s work on the field extends beyond the true field of play; Generation of new knowledge is only as beneficial as the ability to translate and share that information in a meaningful way. Therefore, GSSI scientists produce educational programs and materials for the continuing education of athletes, their influences, and members of the sports science community in the area of sports science and sports nutrition. As a result, GSSI was one of the first organisations to provide a robust library of learning materials including tips & handouts, posters, e-Newsletters, Sports Science Exchange (SSE) articles and Performance Playbooks, establishing the Institute as a go-to resource. The first GSSI SSE was published in 1988 and the website was launched in 1996. A generation of new information and tools continues today.

GSSI also partners with professional organisations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, with whom a partnership was established in 1989, and the European College of Sports Science, which began in 2012. In 2023, GSSI partnered with the International Conference on Adaptations & Nutrition in Sports. GSSI maintains a significant presence at these annual meetings to support the sports science community.

The Institute’s website is home to educational materials, research news, and various resources sports health practitioners can use in their work with athletes. Find out more here: www.GSSIweb.org