Athlete Blood Test is offered by Phuel Sports Science, a research entity started in 2008. In 2008-2009, we performed regularly scheduled tests on a group of 25 professional triathletes throughout the training and racing seasons. The study focused on tracking micronutrient utilization (blood levels and intracellular levels), hormones, organ enzymes, inflammatory markers, and red blood cell destruction and production rates.
Following the data acquisition period data found its way into charts and graphs. Some interesting themes were revealed. Being the sample size was small and sport specific, yet findings compelling we decided to expand our research significantly. In the following year we performed tests on over 1400 athletes. We identified several important themes; however, the single most important finding came in recognizing individual variances in micronutrient utilization, red blood cell turnover, training tolerance, and recovery. Why is this important? Because we learned that nutrition plans, supplementation, competition scheduling, and recovery plans are not a one-size-fits-all! Each athlete requires a different approach to optimizing physiology.
The focus shifted to identifying which biomarkers and which levels are most efficient and reliable in identifying the unique needs of individuals. We ran a series of projects testing everything from blood markers to intracellular markers to metabolite markers. Eventually, we developed a reliable methodology for identifying ideal ranges for an athlete based on frequency, duration, and intensity of training.
After several years of working nearly exclusively with professional and Olympic athletes it became apparent that this service needs to be made available to every athlete. Thus, Phuel Sports Science launched a testing platform called Athlete Blood Test (ABT). Phuel Sports Science remains a research and development entity.
We have taken our time in making Athlete Blood Test available. Why? Because we want to be more than just a report generating entity. We want to make sure we are giving you the most accurate and up-to-date information, as well as continue to progress sports science!