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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;
  • Sport Biomechanics:
  • Biomechanical analysis of rugby activities;
  • Computer simulation of sprint running;

Willing to supervise PhD

Computer simulation and musculoskeletal modelling in injury biomechanics and ergonomics

Other responsibilities

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

Biomedical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 2008 2019


Haralabidis, N., Serrancoli, G., Colyer, S., Bezodis, I., Salo, A. & Cazzola, D., 10 Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Comparison of vertebral body displacements obtained by DIC and motion capture in a cervical spine impact experiment

Boyd, S., Silvestros, P., Agostinho Hernandez, B., Gill, H., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E. & Gheduzzi, S., 2018, British Orthopaedic Research Society Conference 2018 - BORS 2018.

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

Musculoskeletal system
Optoelectronic devices

Estimation of cervical spine internal loads with the use of validated bushing elements for sport collisions. Application in the analysis of head impacts in rugby contact events

Silvestros, P., Preatoni, E., Gill, R., Gheduzzi, S., Agostinho Hernandez, B., Holsgrove, T. & Cazzola, D., 2018, Abstract Book of the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics. Dublin, Ireland, 2 p.

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

Open Access

Estimation of viscoelastic bushing parameters of a musculoskeletal cervical spine model in impact scenarios

Silvestros, P., Boyd, S., Agostinho Hernandez, B., Gheduzzi, S., Gill, H., Preatoni, E. & Cazzola, D., 2018, British Orthopaedic Research Society Conference 2018 - BORS 2018.

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

Axial loads

A downward head posture leads to higher cervical spine loading during head-first impacts in simulated rugby tackles

Seminati, E., Preatoni, E., Trewartha, G., Stokes, K., Williams, S. & Cazzola, D., 15 Mar 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 51, 4, p. 385-386

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

Open Access