Department for Health

Dr Dario Cazzola

Lecturer in biomechanics with particular expertise in injury mechanisms analysis and musculoskeletal modelling

Lecturer in BiomechanicsPhD

Applied Biomechanics Suite, 1.304
Email: d.cazzola@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3541

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Research groups & Memberships
  • Sport, Health & Exercise Science
  • Rugby Science at Bath (RS@Bath)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the IRB Rugby Science Network
  • International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching the following topics:

  • Biomechanics of rugby activities
  • Computer simulation and musculoskeletal modelling in sport
  • Occupational ergonomics

Profile

Dario joined the University of Bath in November 2012 as a Research Officer in Biomechanics, and was promoted to Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Biomechanics in September 2014. Dario obtained the laurea degree (BSc plus MSc) in Biomedical Engineering (2007) from Politecnico di Milano and a PhD degree in Human Physiology (2010) from Università degli Studi di Milano. He was research fellow at Kairos Physiomechanics s.r.l. Spin-off of Università degli Studi di Milano (2010-2012), and teaching assistant at the Department of Human Physiology of Università degli Studi di Milano (2008-2012).

Dario's research is on human movement analysis and biomechanics of injury in sport. His research approach is based on musculoskeletal modelling and computer simulation with a specific application to injury prevention and ergonomics. Dario’s interests also include bioenergetic of human locomotion and sports biomechanics (e.g. race walking and rugby).

Dario co-authored the researches that won the 3rd place at the "Young Investigator Award" at the 17th Annual European College of Sport Science (ECSS)-Congress, Bruges 2012, and the 2nd place at the "Graphical System Design Achievement Award 2013" for the Life Science section at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. In March 2014, Dario was invited to attend the "OpenSim Advanced User Workshop" in Stanford University (US), presenting the project 'OpenSim Modelling for the Assessment of Mechanical Load on the Cervical Spine during Sport Impacts'.

Research interests

  • Injury mechanisms analysis in impact events
  • Musculoskeletal modeling and human movement simulation in sport
  • Sport biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Biomechanics and bioenergetics of human locomotion
  • Soft tissue biomechanics

Current projects

  • Cervical Spine Injury Mechanisms Analysis in Rugby Union
  • Biomechanics of the Rugby Scrum

Publications

Book Sections

Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D., Stokes, K., England, M. and Trewartha, G., 2015. Case study: what does biomechanics feed into the rugby scrum? In: The science of rugby. Routledge, pp. 211-218.

Articles

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Williams, S., Stokes, K. and Trewartha, G., 2017. Forthcoming. Tackle direction and dominant side affect upper body loading during rugby tackles. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51 (4), p. 386.

Pavei, G., Seminati, E., Cazzola, D. and Minetti, A. E., 2017. On the estimation accuracy of the 3D body centre of mass trajectory during human locomotion: Inverse vs. Forward Dynamics. Frontiers in Physiology, 8, 129.

Cazzola, D., Holsgrove, T. P., Preatoni, E., Gill, H. S. and Trewartha, G., 2017. Cervical spine injuries: a whole-body musculoskeletal model for the analysis of spinal loading. PLoS ONE, 12 (1), e0169329.

Seminati, E., Pulici, L., Cazzola, D., Cabitza, P., Randelli, P. and Minetti, A. E., 2016. Restoring walking after total knee arthroplasty: symmetries of 3D body centre of mass trajectory and mechanical work:Ripristino del cammino dopo artroplastica totale di ginocchio: traiettoria tridimensionale del centro di massa, simmetrie e lavoro meccanico. Gait & Posture, 49 (1), S20-S21.

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E. and Trewartha, G., 2016. Specific tackling situations affect the biomechanical demands experienced by rugby union players. Sports Biomechanics, 16 (1), p. 58.

Cazzola, D., Pavei, G. and Preatoni, E., 2016. Can coordination variability identify performance factors and skill level in competitive sport? The case of race walking. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 5 (1), pp. 35-43.

Holsgrove, T. P., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Trewartha, G., Miles, A. W., Gill, H. S. and Gheduzzi, S., 2015. An investigation into axial impacts of the cervical spine using digital image correlation. The Spine Journal, 15 (8), pp. 1856-1863.

Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K. A., England, M. E. and Trewartha, G., 2015. A modified prebind engagement process reduces biomechanical loading on front row players during scrummaging:a cross-sectional study of 11 elite teams. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (8), 092904.

Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D., Stokes, K., England, M. and Trewartha, G., 2015. Pre-binding prior to full engagement improves loading conditions for front row players in contested rugby union scrums. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

Cazzola, D., Stone, B., Holsgrove, T., Trewartha, G. and Preatoni, E., 2015. Spinal muscle activity in simulated rugby union scrummaging is affected by different engagement conditions. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26 (4), pp. 432-440.

Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G. and Preatoni, E., 2014. Time-based calibrations of pressure sensors improve the estimation of force signals containing impulsive events. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 228 (2), pp. 147-151.

Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., England, M. H. and Trewartha, G., 2014. Does a modified rugby scrum engagement process improve the stability of the scrum and minimise the likelihood of scrum collapse? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48 (7), pp. 577-578.

Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., England, M. H. and Trewartha, G., 2014. The effect of a pre-bind engagement technique on the biomechanical characteristics of rugby scrummaging across multiple playing levels. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48 (7), p. 578.

Cazzola, D., Alberti, G., Ongaro, L. and Minetti, A. E., 2014. The vertical excursion of the body visceral mass during vertical jumps is affected by specific respiratory maneuver. Human Movement Science, 33 (1), pp. 369-380.

Pavei, G., Cazzola, D., La Torre, A. and Minetti, A. E., 2014. The biomechanics of race walking:Literature overview and new insights. European Journal of Sports Science, 14 (7), pp. 661-670.

Minetti, A. E., Gaudino, P., Seminati, E. and Cazzola, D., 2013. The cost of transport of human running is not affected, as in walking, by wide acceleration/deceleration cycles. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 114 (4), pp. 498-503.

Minetti, A. E., Cazzola, D., Seminati, E., Giacometti, M. and Roi, G., 2011. Skyscraper running:Physiological and biomechanical profile of a novel sport activity. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 21 (2), pp. 293-301.

Preatoni, E., Rodano, R., Squadrone, R., Cazzola, D., Mazzola, M., Moroni, G., Andreoni, G. and Pedotti, A., 2009. Characterization of foot morphology through 3D optical measures. SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Electronic and Electrical Systems, 1 (1), pp. 585-589.

Minetti, A., Cazzola, D., Seminati, E., Giacometti, M. and Roi, S. G., 2008. Skyscraper running. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A - Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 150 (3), S67-S68.

Reports/Papers

Preatoni, E. and Cazzola, D., 2017. Impact Tech Labs - consultancy:Build 2 report. University of Bath.

Preatoni, E. and Cazzola, D., 2016. Impact Tech Labs - consultancy:Build 1 report. University of Bath.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., Cazzola, D., Seminati, E., Gill, R., Miles, T., Gheduzzi, S. and Mahmoodi, P., 2016. Cervical spine injury mechanism analysis in Rugby Union:Phase 3 report. University of Bath.

Trewartha, G., Stokes, K., Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D. and Williams, S., 2016. Impact Tech Labs - Consultancy:Smart Armour project. University of Bath.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., Cazzola, D., Seminati, E., Gill, R., Miles, T., Gheduzzi, S. and Mahmoodi, P., 2015. Cervical spine injury mechanism analysis in Rugby Union:Phase 2 report. University of Bath.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., Cazzola, D., Gill, R., Miles, T., Gheduzzi, S. and Holsgrove, T., 2014. Cervical spine injury mechanism analysis in Rugby Union:Phase 1 report. University of Bath.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D., Stokes, K. and England, M. H., 2013. Biomechanics of live scrummaging:Biomechanics of the rugby scrum - Phase 2 final report. University of Bath.

Conference or Workshop Items

Agostinho Hernandez, B., Blackburn, J., Cazzola, D., Holsgrove, T., Gill, H. and Gheduzzi, S., 2017. Cervical spine posture influences fracture patterns caused by impact loading. In: 25th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society, 2017-09-13 - 2017-09-15.

Silvestros, P. and Cazzola, D., 2017. Cervical spine injury in rugby scrummaging: is buckling the most likely injury mechanisms? In: XVI International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics, 2017-07-20 - 2017-07-22.

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G. and Preatoni, E., 2017. Forthcoming. Upper body loading in rugby union tackling are affected by tackle direction and impact shoulder. In: BASES Biomechanics Interest Group, Easter Meeting 2017, 2017-04-19, University of Portsmouth.

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G., Williams, S. and Preatoni, E., 2017. Forthcoming. Biomechanical loads in rugby union tackling are affected by tackle direction and impact shoulder. In: 35th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2017-06-14 - 2017-06-18, German Sport University.

Seminati, E., Preatoni, E., Trewartha, G., Wallbaum, A. and Cazzola, D., 2017. 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. and Cazzola, D., 2017. Cervical spine loading in misdirected rugby tackles: an integrated in vitro and in silico approach. In: BASES Biomechanics Interest Group, Easter Meeting 2017, 2017-04-19, University of Portsmouth.

Cazzola, D., Holsgrove, T., Preatoni, E., Gill, H. and Trewartha, G., 2016. Forthcoming. MASI: a novel Musculoskeletal model for the Analysis of Spinal Injuries. In: BANCOM 2016: Biomechanics and Neural control of Movement, 2016-06-12 - 2016-06-17, Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Centre, Mount Sterling, Ohio.

Pavei, G., Seminati, E., Cazzola, D. and Minetti, A. E., 2015. 3D body centre of mass trajectory in locomotion: comparison between different measurements methods. In: The 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), 2015, 2015-07-12 - 2015-07-16, The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D., Holsgrove, T., Gheduzzi, S., Miles, A., Stokes, K., Gill, H. and Trewartha, G., 2015. An integrated multiscale analysis of injury mechanisms in sport impacts: an application to cervical spine biomechanics in rugby union scrummaging.

Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G. and Preatoni, E., 2015. Analysis of cervical spine loading in rugby scrummaging: a computer simulation approach. In: XXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2015-06-29 - 2015-07-03.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., Holsgrove, T. and Cazzola, D., 2015. Cervical spine loading during rugby machine scrummaging. In: The 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), 2015, 2015-07-12 - 2015-07-16, The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).

Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Holsgrove, T., Gill, H. and Trewartha, G., 2015. Development of a musculoskeletal model for the analysis and simulation of cervical spine loading during rugby activities.

Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E. and Trewartha, G., 2015. Evaluation of tackling biomechanics in rugby:video incident analysis and experimental set up. In: XXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2015-06-29 - 2015-07-03.

Preatoni, E., Trewartha, G., Cazzola, D. and Pain, M. T., 2015. From measuring to modelling in sport collisions. In: XXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2015-06-29 - 2015-07-03.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E. and Cazzola, D., 2015. Measuring impacts and informing modelling processes. In: XXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2015-06-29 - 2015-07-03.

Cazzola, D., Stone, B., Holsgrove, T., Trewartha, G. and Preatoni, E., 2015. Spinal muscle activity during different rugby scrum engagement procedures. In: XXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2015-06-29 - 2015-07-03.

Stone, B., Cazzola, D., McGuigan, P., Holsgrove, T., Gill, R., Gheduzzi, S., Miles, T., Stokes, K., Trewartha, G. and Preatoni, E., 2014. Spinal muscle activity in simulated rugby union scrummaging is affected by different engagement conditions.

Cazzola, D., Holsgrove, T. P., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., Gheduzzi, S., Miles, T., Gill, R. and Trewartha, G., 2014. A novel cervical spine (head/neck) musculoskeletal model for dynamic load analysis during rugby scrummaging.

Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D., Pavei, G. and Minetti, A. E., 2014. Technical skills and movement coordination in elite, national and regional level race walkers.

Holsgrove, T. P., Cazzola, D., Gheduzzi, S., Miles, T., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., Trewartha, G. and Gill, R., 2014. The development and validation of specimen-specific finite element models of the spine to investigate sporting injury mechanisms.

Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., England, M. H. and Trewartha, G., 2013. Biomechanics of rugby scrummaging:kinematic and kinetic analysis across engagement conditions. In: Balagué, N., Torrents, C., Vilanova, A., Cadefau, J., Tarragó, R. and Tsolakidis, E., eds. 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, 2013-06-25 - 2013-06-29.

Seminati, E., Pulici, L., Cazzola, D., Cabitza, P., Randelli, P. and Minetti, A. E., 2013. The 3d body centre of mass trajectory before and after total knee arthroplasty:symmetry and mechanical work. In: XXIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), 2013-08-04 - 2013-08-10.

Preatoni, E., Cazzola, D., Stokes, K., England, M. H. and Trewartha, G., 2013. Tough but not rough:what does biomechanics feed into the rugby scrum? In: XXXI International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, 2013-07-06 - 2013-07-10.

Gaudino, P., Seminati, E., Cazzola, D. and Minetti, A. E., 2012. Running cost of transport is not affected by acceleration/deceleration cycles. In: SIF - 63rd National Congress of the Italian Physiological Society, 2012-09-21 - 2012-09-23.

Pavei, G., Cazzola, D. and Minetti, A. E., 2012. The 3D trajectory of the body centre of mass and other mechanical aspects of race walking. In: SIF - 63rd National Congress of the Italian Physiological Society, 2012-09-21 - 2012-09-23.

Cazzola, D., Alberti, G., Ongaro, L. and Minetti, A. E., 2012. Visceral mass vertical excursion is limited by a specific respiratory technique during vertical jumps. In: SIF - 63rd National Congress of the Italian Physiological Society, 2012-09-21 - 2012-09-23.

Pavei, G., Cazzola, D., La Torre, A. and Minetti, A. E., 2012. Body centre of mass trajectory shows how race walkers elude "Froude law". In: ECSS, 2012-06-03.

Preatoni, E., Rodano, R., Squadrone, R., Cazzola, D., Mazzola, M., Moroni, G., Andreoni, G. and Pedotti, A., 2008. Characterization of foot morphology through 3D optical measures. In: Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Conference and Exhibition, 2008-06-17 - 2008-06-19.

Minetti, A. E., Cazzola, D., Seminati, E., Giacometti, M. and Roi, G. S., 2008. Skyscraper Running. In: Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology, 2009-06-01.

Preatoni, E., Rodano, R., Squadrone, R., Cazzola, D., Mazzola, M., Moroni, G., Andreoni, G. and Pedotti, A., 2008. Characterization of foot morphology through 3D optical measures. In: Proceedings of the Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Symposium (SAE), 2008-06-17 - 2008-06-19.

Thesis

Cazzola, D., 2010. Investigating the metabolic profile of run-up races and the mechanics of the wobbling visceral mass in vertical jumps. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). Università degli Studi di Milano.

Other

Cazzola, D., Trewartha, G., Stokes, K., England, M., Wallbaum, A. and Preatoni, E., 2013. Measuring biomechanical stresses in machine and live scrummaging using CompactRIO and LabVIEW. National Instruments Case Study.

Cazzola, D., 2012. iBikeGear (iOS software). Apple Inc.

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