Gatorade Sports Science Institute

  1. Florida Test Lab
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    Florida Test Lab

    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

  2. IMG Academies
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    IMG Academies

    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.

  3. Body Composition
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    Body Composition

    After blood work and weighing in, Wade endures the Dexa test to assess body composition (muscle vs. fat).

  4. Fat Burning
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    Fat Burning

    The Fatmax Test helps determine when the body is burning fat (vs. carbohydrates).

  5. Reaction Time
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    Reaction Time

    The third test in Wade’s protocol, the D2 assesses reaction time.

  6. Hand Strength
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    Hand Strength

    The fourth test uses a hand grip to measure muscle strength.

  7. Wade at Work
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    Wade at Work

    The Wingate test measures Wade’s anaerobic capacity.

  8. The All-Star in Repose
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    The All-Star in Repose

    Wade at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

  9. Stretching Out
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    Stretching Out

    Student-athletes stretch before testing at the GSSI.