INTERESTS

I am mainly interested in how physical activity can positively affect esports performance. It has been hypothesized that exercise can affect cognitive abilities, but we need more research to confirm or deny this hypothesis. More studies are also needed to explore the mechanisms behind these potential benefits, in order to understand how we can efficiently and effectively use exercise to achieve a higher performance.
I am currently working on a proposal about how different exercise protocols can affect mechanical skills (shooting) in FPS players of different levels, measured through a specific software. Contact me for more details, as I am currently looking for a university willing to work with me on this project.

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, and especially from a performance point of view. Sports scientists should be included in this process, because of their transferable knowledge from traditional sports.

PERFORMANCE

Research can benefit esports performance, as it might provide the knowledge needed to improve training protocols and strategies. Especially at the highest levels, adopting an evidence-based approach might provide what you need to perform at a higher level.

KNOWLEDGE

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

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?

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 worked 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 because of 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 - March 2021

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 research properly.

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 learnt 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 June 2021

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