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Research interests

I am interested in the modelling and simulation of human movement to investigate injury mechanisms and understand human function. I truly believe in the use of predictive models and in silico simulations and their application in clinical settings for improving the monitoring and assessment of musculoskeletal diseases.

My research is focused on the use of an integrated approach that includes in vivo and in vitro experimental methodologies with in silico methods such as musculoskeeltal modelling and finite element analysis.

My current research line includes:

  • Injury Biomechanics:
  • The analysis of cervical spine injury mechanisms in rugby;
  • Analsis of hamstring injury in sprint running;
  • Clinical Biomechanics:
  • Biomechanical assessment and prediction in axial Spondyloarthritis;
  • Estimation of joint loading in partial gravity situations;
  • Sport Biomechanics:
  • Biomechanical analysis of rugby activities;
  • Computer simulation of sprint running;

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Computer simulation and musculoskeletal modelling in injury/sport/clinical biomechanics, ergonomics, and computer simulations.

Other responsibilities

Admission Tutor for the Sport and Exercise Science Programme of the Department for Health.

Research Theme Convenor for the Improving Human Function Department for Health research theme.

Teaching interests

  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • Musculoskeletal modelling and computer simulation of human movement
  • Spinal biomechanics

Education/Academic qualification

Human Physiology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Milan

Award Date: 20 Dec 2010

Biomedical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Award Date: 19 Oct 2007

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Research Output

Estimation of neck muscle forces and function in the preparatory phase of rugby contact events

Silvestros, P., Pizzolato, C., Lloyd, D. G., Preatoni, E., Gill, H. & Cazzola, D., 16 Sep 2019, (Acceptance date) Bath Biomechanics Symposium.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Evaluation of optimised cervical spine viscoelastic elements for sport injury analysis

Silvestros, P., Preatoni, E., Gill, H. & Cazzola, D., 30 Jul 2019, Book of abstracts for the XVII International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics. 28th - 30th  July, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS), 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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Forward and inverse dynamics reconstruction of a staged rugby tackle

Weldon, C., Archbold, K., Tierney, G., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Denvir, K. & Simms, C. K., 2019, 2019 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury. Dublin, Ireland, p. 322-323 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

Lower limb EMG activities in different phases of sprint running performance

Okkonen, O-M., Cazzola, D., Colyer, S. & Salo, A., Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Measurement of head forces magnitude and location during live scrummaging

Silvestros, P., Cremen, E., Preatoni, E., Seminati, E. & Cazzola, D., 31 Jul 2019, Abstract Book of the 27th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary (Canada), July 31st-August 4th, 2019. International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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A biomechanical evaluation of a novel intramedullary device for hip fracture fixation

Author: Page, P., 3 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Gill, H. (Supervisor), Cazzola, D. (Supervisor) & Whitehouse, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine