Storm to get edge with science

Melbourne Storm players are used to sweating at training – just not usually in the name of sports science.

As the quest for every possible advantage by NRL clubs continue, the Melbourne side will attempt to gauge exactly how much fluids they are losing after peak periods of exertion.

The defending NRL premiers will tomorrow be sweat tested by sports drink partner Gatorade during a 90-minute skills and conditioning session at Visy Park.

The session, scheduled to begin at 1.30pm, is designed to provide useful scientific data to the Melbourne Storm’s coaching staff in a bid to further individualize the training programs of players.

Each Storm player, including Golden Boot winners Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Greg Inglis, will be have a number of patches placed across their body to capture sweat from different areas, with the results to determine how the players should hydrate pre, during and post exercise.

The players’ heart rates, fluid consumption and weight will also be recorded to later determine individual sweat rates.

The information provided to players is designed to help them understand how they can fuel themselves so they not only perform better but also feel better when training or competing.

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