Backed by science: The History of GSSI

Over 30 years of helping athletes up their game

At Gatorade, we want to help athletes level up their health and performance, and do it in a way that’s backed by real, peer-reviewed science.

That’s why we created the Gatorade Sports Science Institute — to research athletes and learn more about their hydration and nutrition needs. Since 1985, GSSI has monitored hundreds of amateur, elite and professional athletes at universities, mobile labs and our headquarters—resulting in research, peer-reviewed articles, findings we can bring out of the lab and onto the field.

Take a scroll through our history and learn about the key moments that made GSSI what it is today.

1985

Gatorade Exercise Physiology Lab established and Gatorade research began

1987

1st annual Gatorade Scientific Conference held

1st GSSI publication in a scientific journal

Inaugural Sports Medicine Review Board (SMRB) established

Inaugural Education Advisory Board (EAB) established

1988

GSSI formally established

1st Sports Science Exchange (SSE) article published

1st volume of Perspectives in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine published

1989

GSSI establishes partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

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GSSI in Bradington, FL provides over 9,000 square feet for training and testing.

1991

1st Sports Science Exchange Roundtable (RT) published

1992

1st GSSI Conference open to the public held (Ohio State University)

1996

10th annual GSSI Scientific Conference held (Vancouver, Canada)

GSSIweb established

1999

In-lab elite testing begin

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We provide athletes with advice and products that help their performance and achieve their goals.

2001

“On-field” elite athlete testing begins

2003

GSSI partners with R&D to commercialize the Gatorade In-Car Drinking System (GIDS) for NASCAR

2006

GSSI tests 3 athletes training to run the Sahara. The run lasts 111 days, covers 4300+ miles, and is documented in the 2007 film “Running the Sahara”

2007

Final GSSI Scientific Conference held (Huntington Beach, CA)

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2010

GSSI leads first Gatorade Performance Lab (GPL) activation at the Super Bowl (South Florida)

2011

Asker Jeukendrup appointed GSSI Global Director

GSSI opens 1st satellite lab on the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, FL

2012

GSSI opens 1st international satellite lab on the Loughborough University campus (UK)

GSSI Expert Panel (XP) established, first meeting held (Sarasota, FL)

GSSI establishes partnership with the European College of Sports Science (ECSS)

2013

GSSI supports Gatorade’s efforts with global football by partnering with CBF and FC Barcelona GSSI work commences on the 1st version of the Gx Platform

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In Barrington, GSSI staff scientists study the effects of exercise, the environment, and nutrition.

2014

FC Barcelona and GSSI collaborate on the 1st version of the FC Barcelona Sports Nutrition Policy

GSSI Loughborough lab closes, repositioning to focus on field testing

2016

GSSI IMG relocates to expanded lab on IMG Academy campus

2017

2nd edition of the FC Barcelona Sports Nutrition Policy published as hardback book

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GSSI scientists study the effects of nutrition on the human body before, during, and after exercise.

2018

GSSI opens 2nd US-based satellite lab, GSSI Frisco, located within the Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research building located on The Star campus (Frisco, TX)