Alessio Rossi

Alessio Rossi
Università di Pisa | UNIPI · Department of Computer Science

PhD "Biomedical research"
Sports and Health data analyst

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Introduction
I am a post-doc in "Computer Science". In particular, I am a PhD in “Biomedical Research” with a thesis entitled “Predictive models in sport science: multi-dimensional analysis of football training and injury prediction”. I received the M.D. from the University of Milan in “Scienza dell’attività fisica per il Benessere” and previously the Bachelor Degree in “Scienze Motorie Sport e Salute”.
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - present
Università di Pisa
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2018 - February 2021
BioBeats
Position
  • Researcher
April 2017 - February 2018
Università di Pisa
Position
  • Researcher
Education
January 2014 - December 2016
University of Milan
Field of study
  • Biomedical research
September 2008 - July 2013
University of Milan
Field of study
  • Sport Science for health

Publications

Publications (96)
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Injuries have a great impact on professional soccer, due to their large influence on team performance and the considerable costs of rehabilitation for players. Existing studies in the literature provide just a preliminary understanding of which factors mostly affect injury risk, while an evaluation of the potential of statistical models in forecast...
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The use of machine learning (ML) in soccer allows for the management of a large amount of data deriving from the monitoring of sessions and matches. Although the rate of perceived exertion (RPE), training load (S-RPE), and global position system (GPS) are standard methodologies used in team sports to assess the internal and external workload; how t...
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Purpose: To investigate the relationship between the training load (TL = rate of perceived exertion × training time) and wellness index (WI) in soccer. Methods: The WI and TL data were recorded from 28 subelite players (age = 20.9 [2.4] y; height = 181.0 [5.8] cm; body mass = 72.0 [4.4] kg) throughout the 2017/2018 season. Predictive models were...
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In the last decade, the number of studies about machine learning algorithms applied to sports, e.g., injury forecasting and athlete performance prediction, have rapidly increased. Due to the number of works and experiments already present in the state-of-the-art regarding machine-learning techniques in sport science, the aim of this narrative revie...
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The use of RPE as a measure of Internal load has become a common methodology used in team sports owing to its low cost. The aim of this study was to build a machine learning process able to describe the players' RPE by the external load extracted from the GPS. In this paper, we propose a multidimensional approach to assess the RPE in professional s...
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The assessment of body composition over a competitive season provides valuable information that can help sports professionals to evaluate the efficacy of training and nutritional strategies, as well as monitoring athletes’ health status. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of changes in body composition and hydration status wit...
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Background: The present study aimed to determine the association of anthropometry-based characteristics with an aggregate score (AS) of physical performance in young elite soccer players. Methods: Sixteen under 15 elite players were enrolled. Among numerous anthropometrics variables, upper arm contracted (UACC) and relaxed circumference (UARC), cor...
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Training for success has increasingly become a balance between maintaining high performance standards and avoiding the negative consequences of accumulated fatigue. The aim of this study is to develop a big data analytics framework to predict players' wellness according to the external and internal workloads performed in previous days. Such a frame...
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Background: Most studies on immigrant health focus on immigrant groups coming from extra-European and/or low-income countries. Little attention is given to self-rated health (SRH) in the context EU/EEA migration. To know more about health among European immigrants can provide new insights related to social determinants of health in the migration co...
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From March 2020 to May 2021, several lockdown periods caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have limited people’s usual activities and mobility in Italy, as well as around the world. These unprecedented confinement measures dramatically modified citizens’ daily lifestyles and behaviours. However, with the advent of summer 2021 and thanks to the vaccinati...
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Background: Global Positioning System (GPS) devices are widely used in soccer for monitoring external load indicators (ELi) with the aim of maximizing sports performance, while potentially reducing the risk of injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the ELi differences in players of different playing positions (i.e., central backs, externa...
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Purpose By analyzing external workloads with machine learning models (ML), it is now possible to predict injuries, but with a moderate accuracy. The increment of the prediction ability is nowadays mandatory to reduce the high number of false positives. The aim of this study was to investigate if players’ blood sample profiles could increase the pre...
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The aim of this case series was to evaluate the effectiveness of a dry-land home-training program conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic period in Paralympic swimmers. Previous evidence showed the importance of muscular strength and power training for Paralympic swimmers due to the positive relationship between severity of impairment, swimming tech...
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Background: The objective of this study was to investigate the association between regional and total phase angle (PhA) with lower-body neuromuscular performance in young elite soccer players. Methods: Sixteen elite male soccer players (14.3 +/- 1.0 years) participated in this study. Lower (LPhA)- and upper (UPhA)-hemisome PhA together with whole-...
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Background: During Finnmarksløpet (FL, one of the longest distance sleddog races in the world), veterinarians are exposed to extreme environmental conditions and tight working schedules, with little and fragmented sleep. Objective: The aim of this case study was to examine cardiovascular parameters and sleep-wake patterns among veterinarians wor...
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Da Marzo 2020 a Maggio 2021 ci sono stati diversi periodi di lockdown che hanno limitato, con diversi gradi di severità, la possibilità alle persone di muoversi. In questo periodo difficile i livelli di attività fisica e della qualità del sonno, della vita e del movimento sono peggiorati in tutta la popolazione. Con l’arrivo dell’estate 2021 tutte...
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The present study compared changes in body composition during the COVID-19-associated lockdown with the same period of the following season in elite soccer players. Fifteen elite male soccer players (30.5 ± 3.6 years.) underwent a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) before (end of February) and after (end of May) the lockdown, which occurred dur...
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Introduction With the recent increase in violence in team sports, the injuries of the players have also increased. Technology and observation tools provide great convenience to prevent injuries. However, a lot of information obtained from technological tools cannot be used for decision making. Machine learning methods play a major role in transfor...
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Background: As mobility within the European Economic Area (EEA) is on the rise, it is important to understand migrants’ health and health-related behaviours, such as physical activity (PA), within this context. Virtually nothing is known about the health of Italian immigrants in Norway, a group that over the past 15 years has tripled in size. The p...
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Background: Migrating to a different country is a life-event that can affect negatively a person’s lifestyle and health. Immigrants often experience lower self-rated health and poorer mental health compared with the general population of the host country. Virtually nothing is known about the health of Italian immigrants in Norway, a group that ove...
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Background: In soccer, a better understanding of the bioimpedance parameters with physical performance may be useful to efficiently monitor and interpret players' performance variation throughout a certain period of the season. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the association between phase angle (PhA) and arms and legs lean soft tissue (ALST...
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This observational longitudinal investigation aimed to investigate whether change in bioelectrical regional phase angle (PhA) is a predictor of change in vertical jump perfor- mance in elite soccer players. Methods: Fifteen soccer players (age:28.7 ± 5.0 years, body weight: 82.4 ± 6.8 kg, height: 186.0 ± 0.1 cm, body mass index: 23.8 ± 1.2 kg/m2) c...
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Women’s football is gaining supporters and practitioners worldwide, raising questions about what the differences are with men’s football. While the two sports are often compared based on the players’ physical attributes, we analyze the spatio-temporal events during matches in the last World Cups to compare male and female teams based on their techn...
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Background The fact that kinesio tape may be capable to enhance muscle power would qualify it as practical tool to be considered during passive warm-up (WU) or coupled with active WU processes prior to power-based performance. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the single and combined effect of kinesio tape (KT) and WU on sprint cy...
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As mobility within the European Economic Area (EEA) is on the rise, it is important to understand migrants' health-related behaviors (such as physical activity [PA]) within this context. This study investigated i) the extent to which Italian immigrants in Norway perceive that moving had a negative or positive impact on their PA; ii) possible differ...
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Background: This study aimed to analyse the relationship of regional and whole body morphology to vertical jump performance and to compare the morphological features outlining high and low performers in professional soccer players. Methods: Twenty-one male soccer players were recruited. Whole and regional (upper and lower limbs) features were ob...
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The standard deviation of the interval between QRS complexes recorded over 24 h (SDNN24) is an important metric of cardiovascular health. Wrist-worn fitness wearable devices record heart beats 24/7 having a complete overview of users’ heart status. Due to motion artefacts affecting QRS complexes recording, and the different nature of the heart rate...
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This study aimed to compare the effects of non-sport-specific and sport-specific training methods on physical performance and perceptual response in young football players. Seventy-nine under 11 participants were selected and assigned to non-sport-specific (NSSG), sport-specific (SSG), and control (CNTG) groups. The NSSG training protocol consisted...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between basic cognitive functions and sport-specific physical performance in young volleyball players. Forty-three female volleyball players (age 11.2 ± 0.8 years) were tested for cognitive performance by measuring simple reaction time (clinical reaction time), executive control (Flanker tas...
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Background Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive worry that is difficult to control and has high comorbidity with mood disorders including depression. Individuals experience long wait times for diagnosis and often face accessibility barriers to treatment. There is a need for a digital solution that is accessible and accep...
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Women's football is gaining supporters and practitioners worldwide, raising questions about what the differences are with men's football. While the two sports are often compared based on the players' physical attributes, we analyze the spatio-temporal events during matches in the last World Cups to compare male and female teams based on their techn...
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Application of ultra-short Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is desirable in order to increase the applicability of HRV features to wrist-worn wearable devices equipped with heart rate sensors that are nowadays becoming more and more popular in people's daily life. This study is focused in particular on the the two most used HRV parameters, i.e., the st...
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Easy-to-apply and quick methods for evaluate body composition are often preferred when assessing soccer teams. This study aimed to develop new equations for the somatotype quantification that would reduce the anthropometric measurements required by the Heath and Carter method, integrating the somatotype assessment to the bioelectrical impedance ana...
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Wearable devices now make it possible to record large quantities of physiological data, which can be used to obtain a clearer view of a person's health status and behavior. However, to the best of our knowledge, there are no open datasets in the literature that provide psycho-physiological data. The Multilevel Monitoring of Activity and Sleep in He...
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The present study aimed to determine the contribution of soccer players’ anthropometric features to predict their physical performance. Sixteen players, from a professional youth soccer academy, were recruited. Several anthropometric features such as corrected arm muscle area (AMAcorr), arm muscle circumference (AMC) and right and left suprapatella...
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Background In youth, the development of change of direction (COD) and sprint performance is a key component for successfully competing in soccer across age. During a COD, the presence of directional asymmetries may be detrimental due to the unpredictable nature of the sport. Therefore, the aims of the study were to investigate asymmetries in COD ab...
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BACKGROUND Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by excessive worry that is difficult to control and has high comorbidity with mood disorders including depression. Individuals experience long wait times for diagnosis and often face accessibility barriers to treatment. There is a need for a digital solution that is accessible and accep...
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Formenti, D, Trecroci, A, Duca, M, Vanoni, M, Ciovati, M, Rossi, A, and Alberti, G. Volleyball-specific skills and cognitive functions can discriminate players of different competitive levels. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2020-The aim of this study was to investigate whether volleyball-specific skills, physical performance, and general cogni...
Code
A Python notebook to replicate the plots in the paper "A public data set of spatio-temporal match events in soccer competitions", https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-019-0247-7
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Mass participation sporting events (MPSEs) are viewed as encouraging regular exercise in the population, but concerns have been expressed about the extent to which they are inclusive for women. This study focuses on an iconic cross-country skiing MPSE in Norway, the Birkebeiner race (BR), which includes different variants (main, Friday, half-distan...
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Injuries have a significant impact on professional football due to their influence on performance and the considerable costs of rehabilitation for players. Nowadays, Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS) can depict in great detail the workload of players and help describe their fitness evolution, training efforts, and propensity to get...
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Soccer analytics is attracting increasing interest in academia and industry, thanks to the availability of sensing technologies that provide high-fidelity data streams for every match. Unfortunately, these detailed data are owned by specialized companies and hence are rarely publicly available for scientific research. To fill this gap, this paper d...
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Objective: Wrist-worn wearable devices equipped with heart rate sensors have become increasingly popular. The ability to correctly interpret the collected data is fundamental to analyse users well-being and perform early detection of abnormal physiological data. Circadian rhythm is a strong factor of variability in heart rate, yet few models attem...
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Wearable physiological monitors have become increasingly popular, often worn during people's daily life, collecting data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last decade, these devices have attracted the attention of the scientific community as they allow us to automatically extract information about user physiology (e.g., heart rate, sleep qualit...
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Background Mass participation sporting events have increased in popularity in the last two decades, thought concerns have been expressed about the extent to which they are inclusive for different groups of the population, including women (Murphy & Bauman, 2015). For instance, in the iconic cross-country ski race Birkebeinerrennet (BR), women make u...
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Trecroci, A, Formenti, D, Rossi, A, Esposito, F, and Alberti, G. Short-term delayed effects of Kinesio taping on sprint cycling performance. J Strength Cond Res 33(5): 1232-1236, 2019-The aim of this study was to assess short-term delayed effects of Kinesio taping (KT) on maximal cycling performance. A design with repeated measures was used. Fiftee...
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RIASSUNTO Lo scopo di questo studio è quello di valutare se la componente cognitiva possa influenzare la capacità di un giovane calciatore di eseguire attività in maniera continuativa e prolungata. Alla ricerca hanno partecipato 10 calciatori della categoria allievi (16.9 ± 0.32 anni). I soggetti sono stati sottoposti a due test: i) Yo-yo IRL-2 mod...
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Background - As other westerns countries, a large portion of Norwegians do not meet the minimum recommendations for weekly physical activity (PA). One of the primary targets of the WHO’s Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases is to reduce insufficient PA by 10% within 2025. In order to effectively increase the...
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Example of the training dataset construction. (DOCX)
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Descriptive statistics of the workload features. (DOCX)
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Injury risk in ACWR groups. The plots show Injury Likelihood (IL) for pre- defined ACWR groups [29], for every of the 12 training workload features considered in our study. Bars are colored according to feature categorization defined in Table 1. (TIF)
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Injury risk in MSWR groups. The plots show the Injury Likelihood (IL) for the MSWR groups for every of the 12 training workload features considered in our study. Bars are colored according to feature categorization defined in Table 1. (TIF)
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Descriptive statistics of the 12 training workload features. We provide three categories of training workload features: kinematic features (blue), metabolic features (red) and mechanical features (green). (DOCX)
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Performance of ACWR predictor. We report precision (prec), recall (rec), F1-score (F1) and Area Under the Curve (AUC) for the injury class and the non- injury class for all the predictors based on ACWR and MSWR. We also provide predictive performance of four baseline predictors B1, B2, B3 and B4. (DOCX)
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Performance of MSWR predictor. We report precision (prec), recall (rec), F1-score (F1) and Area Under the Curve (AUC) for the injury class and the non- injury class for all the predictors based on ACWR and MSWR. We also provide predictive performance of four baseline predictors B1, B2, B3 and B4. (DOCX)
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Performance of the classifiers on T(ADA), T and T(REF). For each classifier, we report the precision (prec), recall (rec) and F1-score (F1) on the two classes and the overall AUC. (DOCX)