Felice Sirico

Felice Sirico
University of Naples Federico II | UNINA · Department of Public Health

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The glenohumeral joint is the third most common joint to be affected by osteoarthritis (OA). Practising volleyball can lead to shoulder arthritis due to repetitive mechanical stress on the shoulder joint. The first step of management of primary glenohumeral OA usually is the non-operative treatment, with intra-articular injections representing one...
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During the COVID-19 lockdown, especially in the first wave of pandemic (March 2020), sedentary lifestyle and calorie intake increase in children became considerably more prevalent. The aim of the present paper was to evaluate changes in children's weights and nutritional habits during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. In this cross-sectional observat...
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The current guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology on cardiovascular (CV) prevention highlighted the importance of implementing coordinated set of action, including worksite, aimed at eliminating or minimizing the impact of CV disease and their related disabilities. Workplace wellness programs tend to focus on modifiable risk factors of n...
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The post-operative results of a total ankle replacement are not determined solely by an optimal surgical technique, but by an appropriate anesthesiological and rehabilitative post-operative approach. Enhanced functional recovery often depends on a multidisciplinary approach based on a correct framework of the patient and his needs, requests, and ch...
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Nociplastic pain has been introduced by the IASP as a third category of pain, distinct from nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Pathogenetically, it is considered to be a continuum of these two types of pain after becoming chronic. Repetitive peripheral painful stimulation causes a central sensitization with hypersensitivity of the corresponding spin...
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Background Several pre-participation screening algorithms (PPSAs) have been proposed to assess sports eligibility in different populations. They are usually based on self-administered questionnaires, without further medical assessment if no risk factors are documented. The Med-Ex “Formula Benessere” worksite program includes a complete cardiovascul...
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Background: Child musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases are common and, even if often benign, sometimes can lead to significant impairment in the future health of children. Italian pre-participation evaluation (PPE), performed by a sports medicine physician, allows for the screening of a wide range of children every year. Therefore, this study aims to ev...
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Although human Cardiac Progenitor Cells (hCPCs) are not retained by host myocardium they still improve cardiac function when injected into ischemic heart. Emerging evidence supports the hypothesis that hCPC beneficial effects are induced by paracrine action on resident cells. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are an intriguing mechanism of cell communic...
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The aim of our study was to evaluate the prevalence, awareness, and control of hypertension in an apparently healthy company population. We conducted a cross-sectional study on a total sample of 2058 individuals with a mean age of 38 ± 9 years, enrolled for the first time to the Ferrari corporate wellness program “Formula Benessere”. Hypertension w...
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Mental disorders are highly prevalent worldwide and have a high impact on daily functioning. Exercise therapy was found to improve health of individuals with physical and mental disorders. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of an Adapted Personalized Motor Activity (AMPA) in improving health in individuals with physical and mental dis...
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The Formula 1 World Championship is the most popular single-seat race competition worldwide. Several teams participate by developing cars according to FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) regulations. Drivers and team members are exposed to injuries. Acute injuries could involve drivers during the race’s activities (i.e. accidents) or te...
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AimTo evaluate the incidence and clinical significance of impaired cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and the association with baseline blood pressure (BP) levels and hypertensive response to exercise (HRE).MethodsA cross-sectional study was conducted on a total sample of 2058 individuals with a mean age of 38 ± 9 years, enrolled for the first time at...
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Hallux valgus is the commonest forefoot deformity, consisting in a deviation of the great toe. The pathophysiology is complex and multifactorial, with women being more affected than men. Hallux valgus causes symptoms in three ways: pain in the bunion, lack of space for the other toes, and metatarsalgia. Traumatic hallux valgus is an increasingly co...
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This chapter analyzes the most frequent benign arrhythmias and conduction defects in athletes. These usually do not require an advanced diagnostic work-up, unless associated with other cardiac abnormalities. Therefore, these abnormalities are not usually reason of exclusion from competitive sports. If a suspicion of underlying cardiac disease is pr...
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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a widespread condition, representing a challenging disease to manage. Exercise is being increasingly recommended as part of the therapeutic regimen for DM but the management of different forms of physical activity is difficult for individuals with diabetes, trainers, and physicians. Regular exercise can improve health and...
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Background: Several pre-participation screening algorithms (PPSAs) have been proposed to assess sports eligibility in different populations. Usually, they are based on self-administered questionnaires, without further medical assessment if no risk factors are documented. The Med-Ex “Formula Benessere” worksite Program includes a complete cardiovasc...
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Muscle injuries are the most common trauma in team and individual sports. The muscles most frequently affected are those of the lower limb, and in particular hamstrings, adductors, rectus femoris and calf muscles. Although several scientific studies have tried to propose different rehabilitation protocols, still too often the real rehabilitation pr...
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Sudden cardiac death (SCD) of an athlete is a rare but tragic event and sport activity might play a trigger role in athletes with underlying structural or electrical heart diseases. Preparticipation screenings (PPs) have been conceived for the potential to prevent SCD in young athletes by early identification of cardiac diseases. The European Socie...
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Official tests are used to assess the fitness status of soccer referees, and their results correlate with match performance. However, FIFA-approved tests expose the referees to high physical demands and are difficult to implement during the sportive year. The aim of our study was to evaluate the correlation between the 6 × 40-m sprint and Yo-Yo Int...
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Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common congenital atrial septal defect with an incidence of 15%–35% in the adult population. The development of the interatrial septum is a process that begins in the fourth gestational week and is completed only after birth. During intrauterine life, the foramen ovale allows the passage of highly oxygenated blood fr...
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Cardiovascular prevention represents one of the most important strategies of public health, since cardiovascular diseases are the first cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Measures to promote a healthy lifestyle and an adequate control of risk factors need be highlighted also during the COVID-19 outbreak, which has dramatically changed the...
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COVID-19 outbreak had a huge worldwide impact, and several countermeasures to contain its spread have been adopted, such as the interruption of nonurgent outpatient clinics. We wanted to describe the effects of the national lockdown on the well-being of a cohort of Italian patients with cerebral palsy (CP) receiving botulinum toxin (BT) therapy and...
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Soccer players are susceptible to repeated trauma that could lead to a precocious development of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Intra-articular hyaluronic acid (IA-HA) injections have been proposed as a valid treatment for knee OA. Objectives: To describe the effects of IA-HA injections and oral collagen supplementation in a female soccer goalkeeper pla...
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The Achilles tendon is the thickest, strongest and largest tendon in the human body, but despite its size and tensile strength, it frequently gets injured. Achilles tendon ruptures (ATRs) mainly occur during sports activities, and their incidence has increased over the last few decades. Achilles tendon tears necessitate a prolonged recovery time, s...
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The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon of the human body and it gets frequently injured during sports activity. The incidence of Achilles tendon pathologies has increased over the last decades, especially in the last few years, as a result of the increased sports participation among general population and for the diffusion of comp...
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Neuromotor training can improve motor performance in athletes and patients. However, few data are available about their effect on reaction time (RT). We investigated the influence of video observation/motor imagery (VO/MI) on simple RT to visual and auditory stimuli. The experimental group comprised 21 cadets who performed VO/MI training over 4 wee...
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Background. Recent findings indicate that the connective tissue of tendons hosts cells that can self-renew and are multipotent. Even if these cells seemingly fail to accomplish tendon regeneration in pathological conditions, their identification and characterization represents a milestone in the research and development of new biological therapies...
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Tendon disorders represent some of the most frequent musculoskeletal complaints worldwide. In the athletic population, tendinopathy could affect different anatomical districts. Tendons surrounding hip and pelvis are frequently involved due to overuse and high functional demands in the athletes. These disorders negatively impact on sport performance...
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Background. Plantar fasciopathy is a frequent source of foot pain in athletes, and it is caused by the degeneration of the proximal insertion of the plantar fascia, usually triggered by repetitive microtrauma. Type I porcine collagen was shown to enhance tendon repair in vitro, and collagen injections are currently used to treat different tendinopa...
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Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development and causes severe mental and physical disability. This systematic review analyzes the most recent evidence concerning the role of physical therapy in the management of individuals with Rett syndrome. The review was carried out in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items fo...
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National and international healthcare organizations propose guidelines for physical activity worldwide, defining its characteristics. These guidelines' practical applications are difficult to estimate, since they are not fully followed. The aim of the present cross-sectional observational study was to assess awareness about guidelines for physical...
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Work-related stress represents a relevant public health issue and solution strategies are mandatory. Yoga is a common approach to manage stress and its effectiveness has been extensively confirmed. Therefore, this study aims systematically to review the effectiveness of Yoga interventions carried out at workplace on work-related stress among employ...
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The brachial plexus represents a complex anatomical structure in the upper limb. This "network" of peripheral nerves permits the rearrangement of motor efferent fibers, coming from different spinal nerves, in several terminal branches directed to upper limb muscles. Moreover, afferent information coming from different cutaneous regions in upper lim...
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The complex and highly organized environment in which cells reside consists primarily of the extracellular matrix (ECM) that delivers biological signals and physical stimuli to resident cells. In the native myocardium, the ECM contributes to both heart compliance and cardiomyocyte maturation and function. Thus, myocardium regeneration cannot be acc...
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Introduction Age, gender, body mass index percentiles and the adherence to Mediterranean diet were investigated as potential predictor factors in this assessment. Aim To assess the parental perception of children's weight status. Methods This cross-sectional observational study was carried out during a corporate wellness program (Ferrari Formula...
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Similar to other peripheral artery diseases, vessel narrowing in popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES) reduces the ankle brachial index (ABI). Since the PAES is related to several anatomical or functional variations, we sought to determine if the ABI was correlated with the type of syndrome. Through a systematic review of literature, we ident...
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Background:Tendon disorders represent one of the most frequent orthopaedic diagnosis, especially in athletes. Numerous treatments have been developed for tendinopathies, but none of them has been shown to be completely effective. It has been clarified that the degenerative aspect has the greatest role in the pathogenesis of tendinopathies. Conseque...
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After earning medical degree, several residency programs are available to become a full specialist doctor in a discipline. The residents' work activity, under the constant supervision of senior tutors, is different according to which area of specialization has been chosen—non-surgical or surgical. Even if the medical doctor activity could be consid...
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Tendinopathies are very common in general population and a huge number of tendon-related procedures take place annually worldwide, with significant socio-economic repercussions. Numerous treatment options are commonly used for tendon disorders. Besides pharmacological and physical therapy, nutrition could represent an additional tool for preventing...
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AIMS: The aim of our study was to assess the clinical significance of the exercise stress testing endpoints, namely 85% of maximal theoretical heart rate (MTHR), metabolic equivalent of task, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and their relation to electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in a healthy adult population. METHODS: A cross-sectional st...
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The study was conducted for four months with 8 judo athletes: 4 sighted people (4 M) and 4 visual impairment people (3 M and 1 F), aged between 18 and 52 (30.75 ± 12.74). According to the IBSA Visual Classification, all visual impairment subjects participating in our study were covered in the B1 category of visual deficit. This is a group represent...
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Balance impairments are a relevant problem in patients with diabetes, and interventions to manage this issue represent a public health need. This study reviewed the literature about the effectiveness of Tai Chi on balance improvement in patients with type 2 diabetes. Springerlink, MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Scopus, and Cochrane CENTRA...
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Introduction We aimed to establish the prevalence of the musculocutaneous nerve (MCN) variations and the probability of the variation being pure or mixed in the same plexus. Materials and methods We applied the principles of evidence‐based anatomy to find, appraise, and synthesize data through a meta‐analysis of anatomical studies. The variations...
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IntroductionPreventive strategies based on advice and interventions on lifestyle habits represent the most powerful resource available to reduce the burden of cardiovascular (CV) diseases. Workplace represents an unmissable context for lifestyle changes at population level. AimTo evaluate the mid-term efficacy of a corporate wellness program in a c...
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Background: New findings on adipose tissue physiology and obesity-associated inflammation status suggest that modification of the adipokine level can be relevant for the long-term prevention of obesity-associated chronic disease. Objectives: The scope of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness of physical exercise in reducing the...
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The increasing availability of food supplements, aggressive media advertising, and common beliefs that these substances have only positive effects on health and sport performance indicate a need for continuous monitoring of this phenomenon. The aim of this study was to investigate the habits and beliefs related to diet supplementation among medical...
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Reference values for daily intakes of the vitamins and minerals which are essential in human nutrition. (PDF)
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The questionnaire used in the survey, in original and English language. (PDF)
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Aim Vertical jump represents an important skill in many sports and its evaluation is proposed to assess lower limb strength. The Jump­and-Reach test is the most commonly used field­test. It measures, on a vertical surface, the difference between the heights reached by the fingers with the arm extended standing flatfooted and at the highest point of...
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Background: Lateral epicondylitis is a common painful elbow disorder. Several approaches to treatment have been proposed, with a local injection of corticosteroids being the most frequently used. Recent insights into the pathophysiology encouraged the introduction of autologous blood injections as an alternative treatment method. Aim: The aim of...

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Dear Colleagues, Rehabilitation treatments aim to restore abilities, functions and autonomy after a pathological process has occurred. The timing of rehabilitation represents a core concept in the management of the disability. Advance in physical therapy and rehabilitation are needed to design the most suitable approach to guide the functional restoration after orthopedic, neurological, cardiorespiratory and other pathological processes. A number of cutting-edge technologies in rehabilitation, focused on fostering the compliance of patients under treatment, along with optimal outcomes, has recently developed to cope with restrictions in functioning that dramatically reduce the autonomy in daily-life activities. The choice of a multidisciplinary approach, based on the combination of basic research, modern technology and the latest advance in biomechanics, pharmacology and training concepts could yield the most effective recovery through the rehabilitation process. Advance in the scientific research in term of wearable devices, robotics, therapeutic exercise protocols, injections, pain management and in muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and nerve physiology and other advance in the scientific research could be applied as new tools in rehabilitation field. Well-structured randomized trials are ongoing to investigate the efficacy and safety of these new technologies in guiding rehabilitation process. This Special Issue (on International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - IF 3.390) provides an overview of the most recent advance in the field of physical therapy and rehabilitation and their applications in several areas. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Physical Therapy Therapeutic Exercise Rehabilitation Devices Technologies Patients Return to Sport Sport Performance Sport Rehabilitation Orthopedic Rehabilitation Neurological Rehabilitation Robotics Injection treatments Pain Muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and nerve physiology Muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and nerve anatomy link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/Physiotherapy_Rehabilitation
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Dear Colleagues, Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death and disability in humans and their incidence is still increasing globally, despite the improvement in care and the prevention programs proposed worldwide by several international health agencies. Their pathogenesis is predominantly associated to atherosclerotic damage determining coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, venous thromboembolism and peripheral vascular disease. Modifiable risk factors leading to the onset of CVDs are well recognized and include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and environmental factors. Acting on these factors can significantly reduce the global epidemic of CVDs, as demonstrated by large international studies. Lifestyle modifications, associated to the management of lipid, glycemic and blood pressure values, have demonstrated their effectiveness in primary and secondary prevention of CVDs. Moreover, advance in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures associated to CVDs have permitted a more specific and personalized approach able to reduce the risk of mortality and morbidity. Definitely, a gap still exists between preventive and therapeutic evidence and their practical application in a large-scale population. This Special Issue (on International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - IF 3.390) gives an overview of the most recent advances in the field of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of CVDs Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Heart Disease Cardiovascular Health Public Health Coronary Artery Disease Sudden Cardiac Death Cardiovascular Risk Factors Physical Activity Prevention programs Cardiovascular Anatomy Cardiovascular Physiology link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/Heartdisease_health
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The Ferrari car company delivers its corporate wellness program “Ferrari Formula Benessere” through Med-Ex, Medicine & Exercise, a private company which provides comprehensive worksite promotional and wellness solutions for the maintenance of all Ferrari employees’ wellbeing. Since January 2004, Ferrari “Ferrari Formula Benessere” program provided an on-site yearly medical screening, including complete CV first-level screening (family and personal history, physical examination, blood pressure measurements, 12-lead resting and stress testing ECG), glucose and lipid profile (including total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides). Height and weight were measured and body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Also body composition with fat and lean mass measurement was performed by bio-impedance analysis (DS Hand 3000, Dietosystem, Milan, Italy).