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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

Biomedical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Human Physiology, Doctor of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 2008 2017

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

A “head-down” position increases cervical spine loading in head first impacts: a combined in-vitro and in-silico approach

Seminati, E., Preatoni, E., Trewartha, G., Wallbaum, A. & Cazzola, D. 24 Mar 2017 Abstract Book of the 26th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Brisbane (Aus), July 23-27, 2017. 1 p.

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

Open Access

Biomechanical loads in rugby union tackling are affected by tackle direction and impact shoulder

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G., Williams, S. & Preatoni, E. 3 Apr 2017 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports (2017) Cologne, Germany, June 13-18, 2017. Vol. 1, p. 540 - 543 4 p.

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

Angular velocity
2 Citations

Cervical spine injuries: a whole-body musculoskeletal model for the analysis of spinal loading

Cazzola, D., Holsgrove, T. P., Preatoni, E., Gill, H. S. & Trewartha, G. 4 Jan 2017 In : PLoS ONE. 12, 1, p. e0169329

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cervical spine
Wounds and Injuries
Computer Simulation

Cervical spine injury in rugby scrummaging: is buckling the most likely injury mechanisms?

Silvestros, P. & Cazzola, D. 21 Jul 2017 Book of abstracts for the XVI International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics.

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