On Oct. 14, Gatorade invited Bloomberg Businessweek to join its physiological research scientists and National Basketball Assn. All-Star Dwyane Wade at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Bradenton, Fla. These slides take you through a series of tests Wade underwent that day. Gatorade is working with the 29-year-old point guard to improve his nutrition and performance.
Photographs by Floto + Warner
Gatorade’s testing facility is within the IMG Academies, founded by the late Theodore (Ted) Forstmann, in Bradenton, Fla. The lab primarily serves the student-athletes at the Academies’ boarding school.
After blood work and weighing in, Wade endures the Dexa test to assess body composition (muscle vs. fat).
The Fatmax Test helps determine when the body is burning fat (vs. carbohydrates).
The third test in Wade’s protocol, the D2 assesses reaction time.
The fourth test uses a hand grip to measure muscle strength.
Wade at Work
The Wingate test measures Wade’s anaerobic capacity.
The All-Star in Repose
Wade at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
Student-athletes stretch before testing at the GSSI.