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.
Gatorade Exercise Physiology Lab established and Gatorade research began
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
GSSI formally established
1st Sports Science Exchange (SSE) article published
1st volume of Perspectives in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine published
GSSI establishes partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
GSSI in Bradington, FL provides over 9,000 square feet for training and testing.
1st Sports Science Exchange Roundtable (RT) published
1st GSSI Conference open to the public held (Ohio State University)
10th annual GSSI Scientific Conference held (Vancouver, Canada)
In-lab elite testing begin
We provide athletes with advice and products that help their performance and achieve their goals.
“On-field” elite athlete testing begins
GSSI partners with R&D to commercialize the Gatorade In-Car Drinking System (GIDS) for NASCAR
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”
Final GSSI Scientific Conference held (Huntington Beach, CA)