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
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


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


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