I Joined the Gatorade Sports Science Institute so you Don’t Have to

This week I wanted this blog on more about science in sports and not technology like the previous two weeks. I recently found out about the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) and thought it would be a good resource to check out. The GSSI is in their words “Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) is committed to helping athletes optimize their health and performance through research and education in hydration and nutrition science.” I found it when I was looking for information about hydration for long mountain bike rides. I wanted to do a couple of their certifications to see if it is valuable information or just Pepsi Co. trying to sell me a sports drink and fake science.

The First Thing I noticed is there is a lot of information on this website, lots of peer-reviewed journals, and other resources. I have a degree in Sports Management so I have no experience with nutrition or kinesiology at all, so this is all new to me. Another thing that I was quick to notice is that the website is awful, links don’t work correctly and information is hard to find. It took me a while to figure out how to do their quizzes.

I was going to start by doing their “Introduction to Sports Nutrition” class because it seemed like a good starting point but after downloading the first lecture and it being 185 Slides long I realized that I couldn’t do it and make the deadline for this blog. They say you can do this class in person but there is no information about doing it online anywhere.

I moved on to the shorter continuing education tab. I did a test called “SSE #203: Caffeine and Exercise Performance: an update” it was a short 4-page scientific article followed by a 10 question quiz. Not going to lie the quiz was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The quiz required a 100% score and took me a couple of attempts to get correct. After doing the quiz I got a certificate. I’m not sure how useful this certificate is, I put it on my LinkedIn but it’s not something I can see helping myself get a job. Although I would the information in this journal interesting and I did learn a lot. Because of this quiz, I learned how to use caffeine to help my training more effectively.

The Next thing I did was a webinar, which is just a 50-minute video. The first one I took was called “Creatine: What Sports Health Practitioners Need to Know”. This video gave me flashbacks of university lectures since it was pretty long and dry. I have to admit I learned a lot but if anything it over taught me, I probably could have found out all the useful information in a shorter way. I also did the webinar “Hydration: One Size Does Not Fit All” which I learned a lot. Like I mentioned earlier I probably didn’t need to know everything and I don’t know if it will help me in my athletic pursuits.

In conclusion, I was pretty happy with the GSSI. It taught me a lot and didn’t try to sell me Gatorade the whole time, which I was pleasantly surprised by. I would suggest if your interesting in athlete nutrition at a deeper level to check it out.