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SSISA offers a range of Programmes to fit your needs


Enhancing Lives Through Science  


We’re very passionate about what we do at the SSISA and are passionate about realising our mission statement. From the interns and students to the heads of departments and Managing Director we are all strongly unified in our efforts to conduct world class research and provide best-practice services that make a difference not only to many South African’s health and well-being but have a global impact too .

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Social Investment


The Sports Science Institute of South Africa strives to optimise the health and sporting performance of all South Africans. Our Social Investment unit aims to utilise company resources, the power of sport and our intellectual property to benefit and uplift communities. We are currently involved in five projects that positively impact the youth, our teachers and elders of the community; as well as those that guide and nurture rising talent.

SSISA in the media and our Blog

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Runners needed for UCT study investigating the risks of injury in minimalist and barefoot running

Are you an avid runner on both trail and/or road? Do you run in minimalist shoes?  There has been much speculation of the benefits of barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes, most importantly regarding concerns of injuries associated with this mode of training. We believe that it’s essential to understand the risks of injury associated with minimalist running. The UCT Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine positioned at the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA) in Newlands, is recruiting participants for a new study and are excited to announce their intention to conduct research investigating the risks of injury in minimalist runners. We will be using harmless non-invasive measures such as breath-by-breath gas analysis (for measurement of running efficiency), high speed cameras, motion capture cameras (as used in the animation industry) and measurement of your muscle activity to analyse the changes in body’s muscles and joint during barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes. These data may provide useful information pertaining to the adaptations necessary, in order to train effectively and possibly decrease injury occurence. Thus manufacturers of minimal running shoes may be able to safely promote this form of training, along with appropriate recommendations for the transition to minimalist or barefoot running. Requirements for eligible volunteers: Runners (18 – 50 years of age) who have been injury-free for the past year to date. Be able to run 10km in under 60 minutes and train four times a week. Have run barefoot or in minimalist shoes as your choice of footwear for more than 6 months. Then we need your current training shoes and your FEET. Volunteers will NOT be able to... read more

UCT looking for established half or full marathon male runners for research study

Are you a male runner with good experience in marathon or half-marathon runs? Would you like to learn more about your body composition, resting metabolic rate, insulin-sensitivity and markers of metabolic health? Would you like a comprehensive analysis of your diet, physical activity levels and sleep patterns, as well as your maximal oxygen consumption during exercise (VO2max)? The UCT Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is recruiting participants for a new study. The aim is to investigate why some RUNNERS are able to remain lean while others seem to gain weight with age, with primary focus on metabolic and lifestyle factors. Eligible volunteers must Be 30 to 45 years of age Have a Body Mass Index, (weight divided by the square of your height), of 30–35 kg/m2 Have completed about 1 marathon or 2 half-marathon runs per year for the past 5 years Have completed a marathon or half-marathon within the past 6 months Have been running consistently for the past 6 months Volunteers will NOT be able to participate if they: Have significantly changed their diets within the past 6 months Have gained or lost significant weight (≥ 5 %) within the past 3 months During the study, participants will need to; visit the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands on 3 occasions have a body composition (DXA) scan, dietary and resting metabolic rate (RMR) assessment complete questionnaires on personal and family health history, sleep quality, stress, running training, and habitual and sports nutrition complete a 3-day food record and wear accelerometers for 7 days to measure physical activity and sleep have an oral glucose... read more