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Wasps announce new partnership with the GSK Human Performance Lab

Wasps Rugby Club have teamed up with the GSK Human Performance Lab, a world class science facility focused on applied and discovery research, combining GSK science expertise, external advisors and cutting edge technology to deepen understanding of human performance.

Working in partnership with people and organisations committed to elite performance, the GSK Human Performance Lab aims to better understand how the body and brain function. This in turn can be used to develop improved training, recovery, nutrition and competition programmes for its partners, enabling them to break through the limits of human performance.

In 2014, the team at Wasps will be conducting research at the GSK Human Performance lab focussing specifically on, Metabolism and Recovery. More specifically research will be focussed on exploring variations in body composition and lean muscle mass resulting from the high demands of the sport, as well as hormone profiling in relation to training load, stress and recovery strategies.

Huw Wiltshire, Performance Consultant at Wasps said “Working with the GSK Human Performance Lab allows us to really understand the key drivers behind exceptional rugby performance and how we can individualise training programmes within the squad to optimise performance markers such as metabolism and recovery strategies. By better understanding the science behind performance, we can ensure that our players reach their maximum potential when they compete for the remainder of the 2014 season and beyond”

Mark Langley, General Manager of the GSK Human Performance Lab, added: “It’s great to be working with the Wasps. Our aim is to give them a greater understanding of what can drive and improve their performance. All our partners benefit from the in-depth knowledge and understanding our scientists have in human performance, combined with the cutting edge technology and equipment we have at the facility.”

For more information about the GSK Human Performance Lab visit their website.

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