INTERESTS

I am interested in esports, especially in expertise and performance. I would like to explore the key characteristics underlying exceptional performances, to discover what is important for esports athletes to perform at the highest levels. 
Furthermore, I am interested about the benefits of physical training and how we can improve performance through it.

SCIENCE

Esports literature is lacking. The understanding of esports performance is quite limited, and mostly based on the experience of the coaching staff and players. There is a need for more esports scientific research.

PERFORMANCE

Which are the most relevant parameters for an esports athlete? What makes the difference between winning and losing? What should we train to perform better? What makes a professional esports athlete special?

KNOWLEDGE

Having the knowledge to understand esports performance is key in several areas such as training, monitoring, performance analysis and recruitment.

 

PROJECTS

Here you will find every research project I have done. You can find the abstracts and more information on the blog.

THE EFFECTS OF MENSTRUAL CYCLE PHASES ON RUNNING REPEATED SPRINT ABILITY

I am currently working on this project as my Master by Research thesis at the Edinburgh Napier University. The project is about the effects of the menstrual cycle on RSA performance, from a physiological, biomechanical and perceptual point of view.

The project was accepted to be presented at the BASES Student Conference 2020, that was cancelled due to Covid-19.

BIOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF THE BENCH PRESS IN ELITE POWERLIFTING ATHLETES

This is the project I did during my Master of Science in Sport Science in Bologna, Italy. The project is about a biomechanical analysis of two bench press techniques in elite powerlifting athletes. A further comparison is made with high level athletes with different sports' backgrounds.

It has been presented at the BASES Student Conference 2019, and the abstract was published on the Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise & Physical Education Research (2019) Vol. 11, Suppl.1: S73

 

EXPERIENCE

Roles & Responsibilities

March 2019 - July 2020

MRES STUDENT, EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY

As an MRes student I gained experience in every step of the scientific process, starting with the proposal and all the way to the writing of the thesis. I improved my knowledge and my skills, and I am now confident in my abilities as a researcher.

June 2016 - March 2017

MSC STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

I worked on a project about a biomechanical analysis of the bench press in elite athletes, learning the basics about how to conduct a research in a proper way.

January 2014 - June 2014

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF MILAN

During this internship I had the chance to learn about 3D motion analysis in difference scenarios. I learn how to set up and utilise the equipment, how to track and how to analyse the data.

 

CONFERENCES

Oral Presentation

BASES STUDENT CONFERENCE 2020

My MRes project was selected for an oral presentation, but the conference was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Title: “The effects of menstrual cycle phases on running repeated sprint ability

Oral Presentation

BASES STUDENT CONFERENCE 2019

My MSc project was selected for an oral presentation.

Title: "Biomechanical analysis of the bench press in elite powerlifting athletes".

 

PUBLICATIONS

EFFECTS OF THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE PHASES ON RUNNING REPEATED SPRINT ABILITY

Work in progress - Submission expected before the end of 2020

Currently working as a first author on an article about the physiological, perceptual and performance differences between and within two sub-phases of the menstrual cycle.

BIOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF THE BENCH PRESS IN ELITE POWERLIFTING ATHLETES

Conference Abstract

Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise & Physical Education Research (2019) Vol. 11, Suppl.1: S73

 
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