Department for Health

Dr Ezio Preatoni

Ezio Preatoni

LecturerPhD

Applied Biomechanics Suite 1.305
Email: e.preatoni@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3959

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PhD Opportunities
  • I am interested in supervising PhD students willing to undertake research in the research areas listed on this page. I will consider applications from students who can self-fund or have a scholarship for the duration of their proposed PhD.
  • I am also interested in applications from potential students who are interested and deem themselves competitive for the University's postgraduate research funding streams.
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Profile

I joined the University of Bath in August 2010 as a research officer, and was promoted to lecturer (assistant professor) in Biomechanics and Motor Control in 2012. I obtained the Laurea degree (=BSc+MSc) in Biomedical Engineering (2003) and the PhD degree in Bioengineering (2007) from Politecnico di Milano. I was research fellow at Politecnico di Milano (2007-2010), teaching fellow at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano (2010) and at Università degli Studi dell’Insubria (2006-2008), and teaching assistant at the Department of Bioengineering of Politecnico di Milano (2004-2010).

My research is on human movement dynamics and focusses on understanding the determinants of change in movement execution and coordination, and the role of movement variability in the acquisition, retention and recovery of motor skills. My approach encompasses the study of movement execution and neuromuscular activation to unveil the drivers of coordination and control in human movement.

My interests and expertise also include sports biomechanics (e.g. rugby scrummaging and race walking), functional assessment and ergonomics, with a particular focus on the use of advanced technologies and methodologies for the assessment of performance, injury mechanisms and injury prevention.

I was awarded the "Hans Gros New Investigator Award 2008" by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and the “Stefano Benetton 2008” prize for best Italian dissertations on sports. I also co-authored the researches that won the “Hans Gros New Investigator Award 2007”, the "Student Best Paper Award 2010" at the 3rd International Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies, and the "Bertram Broberg Distinguished Lecturer Award" at the 2011 IUTAM Symposium on Impact Biomechanics in Sport.

Research interests

  • Movement and coordination variability
  • Holistic assessment of motor skills and motor learning/adaptation
  • Biomechanics of sports movements and impact events in sports
  • Health technologies
  • Footwear biomechanics
  • Ergonomics

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. 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.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., England, M. E. and Stokes, K. A., 2015. Injury and biomechanical perspectives on the rugby scrum:a review of the literature. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (7), pp. 425-433.

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.

Squadrone, R., Rodano, R., Hamill, J. and Preatoni, E., 2015. Acute effect of different minimalist shoes on foot strike pattern and kinematics in rearfoot strikers during running. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 (11), pp. 1196-1204.

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.

Preatoni, E., Stokes, K. A., England, M. E. and Trewartha, G., 2014. Engagement techniques and playing level impact the biomechanical demands on rugby forwards during machine-based scrummaging. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (8), pp. 520-528.

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.

Preatoni, E., Stokes, K. A., England, M. E. and Trewartha, G., 2013. The influence of playing level on the biomechanical demands experienced by rugby union forwards during machine scrummaging. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 23 (3), pp. 178-184.

Preatoni, E., Hamill, J., Harrison, A. J., Hayes, K., Van Emmerik, R. E. A., Wilson, C. and Rodano, R., 2013. Movement variability and skills monitoring in sports. Sports Biomechanics, 12 (2), pp. 69-92.

Reports/Papers

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.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K. and England, M. H., 2011. Biomechanics of machine scrummaging:Biomechanics of the rugby scrum - Phase 1 report. University of Bath.

Conference or Workshop Items

Stock, H., McLeod, C., ., C. W., Van Emmerik, R. E. A. and Preatoni, E., 2016. Sagittal hip-knee coordination during a 45 degree cutting task.

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.

Stock, H. A., Wilson, C., McLeod, C., Van Emmerik, R. E. A. and Preatoni, E., 2016. Forthcoming. Sagittal hip-knee coordination during a 45 degree cutting task. In: 34th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports 2016, 2016-07-18 - 2016-07-22, Tsukuba, Japan.

Elvidge, T. and Preatoni, E., 2016. The effect of medial wedge inserts on knee adduction moments during a cutting movement. In: 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM), 2016-02-18, South Carolina (USA).

Stock, H., McLeod, C., ., C. W., Van Emmerik, R. E. A. and Preatoni, E., 2015. Case study of movement coordination in an anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed athlete during a change of direction.

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.

Stock, H., ., C. W., McLeod, C. and Preatoni, E., 2014. Lower-limb kinematic analysis shows a change in coordination variability following ACL reconstruction:A longitudinal case study of an elite netball player.

Stock, H., ., C. W., McLeod, C. and Preatoni, E., 2014. Lower-limb kinematic analysis shows a change in coordination variability following ACL reconstruction:A longitudinal case study of an elite netball player.

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.

Trewartha, G., Preatoni, E., England, M. H. and Stokes, K., 2013. Movement patterns of rugby union players performing scrummaging against a scrum machine:the effect of playing level and engagement condition. 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.

Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., England, M. H. and Trewartha, G., 2013. The effect of playing level and engagement method on forces generated in rugby scrummaging. 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.

Churchill, S., Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., England, M. H. and Trewartha, G., 2013. The relatioship between player technique and forces generated in rugby scrummaging. 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.

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.

Preatoni, E., Stokes, K., England, M. and Trewartha, G., 2012. Forces generated in rugby union machine scrummaging at various playing levels. In: 2012 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings, 2012-09-12 - 2012-09-14.

Thesis

Preatoni, E., 2007. Innovative methods for the analysis of sports movements and for the longitudinal monitoring of individual motor skills. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). Politecnico 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.

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