Pasqualino Maietta Latessa's research while affiliated with University of Bologna and other places

Publications (39)

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Objectives Regular physical activity (PA) is considered important after total hip and knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). Objective was to systematically assess literature on recommendations given by healthcare professionals to persons after THA and TKA and to provide an overview of existing interventions to stimulate PA and sports participation. Methods...
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Background COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that caused a global pandemic status in March 2020. Due to its fast diffusion, many governments adopted forced solutions including social restrictions, which could negatively affect citizens’ habits as physical activity. Our study aimed to investigate how and why the physical activity prevalence varied f...
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Physical activity has been indicated as a potential strategy to counteract osteoporosis (OP). This study of post-menopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures investigated the effect of an adapted physical activity (APA) program on two serum bone turnover biomarkers (Bone Alkaline Phosphatase, B-ALP and C-terminal telopeptide of type 1 col...
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In the last few years, interest about the natural environment and its influences on health conditions has been growing. In particular, physical activity interventions carried out in blue and green environment are being investigated as a potential strategy to increase health outcomes in people with and without chronic conditions. Many recent studies...
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Core exercises have been widely promoted in the last 25 years. However, the scientific debate about its efficacy for improving individual and team sports performance is still open. Thus, the present study aims to investigate the effects of circuit training with a core exercise program on physical performance in competitive amateur soccer players. T...
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Many benefits of physical activity (PA) are observed with weekly average volumes of 150–300 min at moderate intensity. Public parks may be an attraction for many people living in the city and could help to achieve the recommended dose of PA. The present study aims to understand the motivation that drives people to a park and evaluate the amount of...
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Abstract Good fundamentals of posture and balance are essential for the efficient performance of both simple daily tasks and more complex movement patterns. In particular, postural balance is the ability to keep the body in equilibrium and to regain balance after the shift of body segments: postural control mechanisms of integration of the visual,...
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Objectives The study aimed to investigate changes in heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and body temperature in non-professional trained runners during whole body cryotherapy (WBC). Methods Ten middle-distance runners received 3 once-a-day sessions of WBC. Subjects underwent BP measurements and ECG recorded before and...
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Practicing regular physical activity in green spaces has been invocated as a promising strategy for improving wellbeing in urban settings. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of a structured park-based physical activity intervention, the “Moving Parks” project, on citizens’ wellbeing at the time of COVID-19. The intervention was carried o...
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Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most prevalent types of scoliosis, affecting up to 3% of children around the world. The progression of AIS can cause alteration in psychological components such as self-perceived body image and self-identity, which negatively affect the teenager quality of life (QoL). The mainly aim of this cross-section...
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Obesity and physical inactivity are global health problems responsible for the risk increment of noncommunicable diseases. To overcome these problems, interventions aimed at increasing physical activity (PA) are necessary. Green space can have a positive influence on promoting PA, so, the aim of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of...
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COVID-19 caused a global pandemic state. Many governments enforced quarantines which had several negative effects on peoples' health. The present study aimed to investigate the social restriction effects on the physical activity (PA) habits of north Italian people and understand whether PA was a healthy support during lockdown. Moreover, it analyse...
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Background: Aging has been associated with the progressive depletion of lean mass, reductions in muscle strength and the coordination of the lower extremities, accompanied by decreased gait assurance and balance control. Also, less balance control favors falling which is the leading cause of injury among the elderly. The aim of this systematic rev...
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Total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) are among the most common elective surgical procedures. There is a large consensus on the importance of physical activity promotion for an active lifestyle in persons who underwent THR or TKR to prevent or mitigate disability and improve the quality of life (QoL) in the long term. However...
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Green spaces are defined as open spaces of ground, covered by vegetation, including parks and gardens. This kind of environment is linked to many positive effects and its importance is growing due to increasing urbanization. Understanding what drives people to use green urban space is fundamental to creating appropriate campaigns to develop the use...
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Background Low muscle mass is associated with sarcopenia and increased mortality. Muscle mass, especially that of the limbs, is commonly estimated by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bioimpedance analysis (BIA). However, BIA-based predictive equations for estimating lean appendicular soft tissue mass (ALST) do not take into account body fa...
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Good fundamentals of posture and balance are essential for the efficient performance of both simple daily tasks and more complex movement patterns. In particular, postural balance is the ability to keep the body in equilibrium and to regain balance after the shift of body segments: postural control mechanisms of integration of the visual, vestibula...
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This systematic review aimed to investigate the type of physical activity carried out in green urban spaces by the adult population and to value its impact on the population's health. Additionally, another purpose was to examine if the presence of outdoor gyms in green urban spaces can promote participation in physical activity among adults. Search...
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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a type of kidney disease in which there is gradual loss of kidney function over a period of months to years. The clinical protocol of CKD forecasts that markers such as serum creatinine, the estimate of the glomerular filtration rate value, microalbuminuria, cystatin c are evaluated as routine markers. In recent year...
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Adherence is important for an exercise program’s efficacy. This study aims at investigating whether the COVID-19 lockdown had different consequences on the adherence to an exercise program specifically designed for women with postmenopausal osteoporosis when administered as individual home training (IHT) or gym group training (GGT). At the start of...
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Background Osteoporosis is a major health burden worldwide and require a multi-modal approach including exercise. Fractures have a substantial impact on quality of life (QoL) so exercise programs may to be conducted by trainers able to deal with this condition, because exercise alone, even if in the right dosage, seems to be not enough to improve Q...
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Background: Resistance training improves health in obese and overweight people. However, it is not clear what is the optimal weekly resistance training frequency and the most efficacious training protocol on body composition, cardiometabolic risk factors, and handgrip strength (HS). The aim of this study was to determine the effects of a supervise...
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The aim of this study was to analyze the efficiency of classic and specific bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA) in the assessment of maturity related differences in body composition among male elite youth soccer players, and to provide bioelectrical impedance reference data for this category. A group of 178 players (aged 12.1 ± 1.6 years...
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Driving safety is recognized as critical for young people by institutions, insurances and research. The ability to manage such a complex activity as driving is still developing through adolescence and in early adulthood. The present research investigates the human factors in the driver-car interaction. The experimental method assesses the visual-mo...
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A quasi-experimental pilot study was performed to determine the feasibility and safety of an Adapted Physical Activity (APA) protocol and its effect on health-related quality of life (HRQOL), fear of falling, pain, and physical performance in women with osteoporosis-related vertebral fractures. Forty-four post-menopausal women (mean age: 67.6 ± 4.6...
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The interest about circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) concentration increased from several years because of its correlation with various conditions like osteoarthritis, cancers, stroke, and sepsis; recently it has become an important marker for overtraining syndrome or performance diagnostics.Several studies have demonstrated that cfDNA increases in...
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Background: Physical exercise is increasingly recognized as a treatment for major depression, even among older patients. However, it is still unknown which depressive symptoms exercise affects most, (e.g. somatic vs. affective) and the timing of its effects. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the changes of depressive symptoms after treatm...
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Introduzione: gli ischio-crurali rappresentano il gruppo muscolare più deficitario in termini di flessibilità nella maggior parte dei giovani calciatori (1). In tale direzione, lo stretching dinamico sembra essere una tra le metodiche più efficaci per ridurre tale limitazione con finalità preventive ed allenanti (2,3,4). Obiettivo: valutare l’effic...
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The effectiveness of different programs of physical activity outside randomized studies is difficult to determine. We carried out an audit in two different units where either a supervised physical activity (PA) program or a self-selected PA program was in use in individuals with type 2 diabetes or obesity. The supervised PA cohort (n = 101) receive...
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Aim: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) in one of the most complex spine deformity related to many postural and neuromuscular disease. Actually, scoliosis specific exercise is the primary conservative treatment for mild and moderate curves, in conjunction with braces for serious cases. Despite exercise-based therapy has a large diffusion, confus...
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The imbalance between vastus medialis oblique (VMO) and vastus lateralis (VL) strength is one of the main factor for patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) onset, related to improper alignment of the patella. The aim of this paper is to investigate the effects of knee flexion, knee rotation and ankle flexion attitudes on the activity of the VMO and VL...
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Introduction: The growing prevalence of obesity and metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes, is associated with reduced exercise maximal fat oxidation rate (FATmax). The aim of this study was verify the reliability of a new test protocol (FATmaxwork) using the INCA software package. Methods: Twenty four sedentary subjects was enrolled and per...
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Background: Subcutaneous almost substituted subpectoral approach of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation as a less invasive surgical technique. However, the impact of this change in placement site on procedure-related shoulder impairment is poorly understood. Methods: Candidates for ICD implantation were prospectively evalua...
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Power-angle curves, describing the isotonic sub-maximal movement of the lower extremities, are better means to evaluate the effects of training protocols and to highlight functional differences between the legs. The aim of this work was to compare the morphology of power-angle curves of pathological subjects (PS) and healthy subjects (HS) and to ev...
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13 Accepted 1 January 2005 In some medical applications, the simultaneous acquisition of signals corresponding to 15 physiological parameters and video recording allows a more accurate analysis of the prob-lem and a more complete diagnosis. In rehabilitation, the correlation between parameters 17 of interest (angles, speed, power, EMG) and images o...
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13 Accepted 1 January 2005 Evaluating the maximal force exertable by a subject in a particular exercise is an impor-15 tant starting step in seting up rehabilitation and training programs. The current ref-erence procedure is the isokinetic approach, which has some limitations due to poor 17 physiological agreement and high cost of the equipment. Th...

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... In addition, around the world, it has been reported a sharp decrease in the PA patterns globally. However, worryingly early evidence from the start of the pandemic reported that these reductions in PA were more pronounced in Latin America compared with European countries [10,24,25]. Thus, considering that Latin America is a region characterized by several countries with wide social inequalities, poor healthcare access, and a high prevalence of cardiometabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension [26], reporting information from those populations that are more affected by COVID-19 and face higher MetS risk could increase the possibilities of implementing preventive strategies in a future post-pandemic state/scenarios. ...
... Many studies have attempted to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various areas of life. The COVID-19 pandemic, through a series of introduced restrictions and limitations, has changed the way people use public space; this has become particularly apparent in the case of green spaces [25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]. Urban open space played a positive role in allowing people to stay connected with their neighbors, to feel reassured, and to maintain or increase their physical activity levels during the pandemic. ...
... In China, where urbanization is accelerating, the relationship between the health level and quality of life of urban residents and urban forest parks has become increasingly important [6], especially in the context of COVID-19, where the demand for parks and outdoor green spaces has increased rather than decreased [7]. Studies have shown that physical exercise in green spaces can release stress and enhance the body's ability to fight infectious diseases [7][8][9]. Therefore, it can be predicted that in the future, the demand for forest parks and exercise activities will continue to grow and more urban residents can 1. ...
... In the study by Belli et al. [12], the topic of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis was discussed. This condition can cause alterations in psychological components such as self-perceived body image and self-identity, which can negatively affect adolescents' quality of life. ...
... Several factors influence participation in physical activity (PA), and studies have recently focused on the role of the environment in promoting healthy behaviors as determined by PA [22][23][24][25]. A short distance to urban green spaces and the availability of exercise equipment are positively associated with the frequency of PA [26]. ...
... Muscle strength decreases dramatically after the age of 60, which is more evident in the lower body muscles, especially the quadriceps muscles. These physiological changes will not be unrelated to maintaining the balance and posture of the elderly and will have destructive effects (2). ...
... It can be considered a "safe place" in which they can stay and relax without other problems or thoughts, and it demonstrates the success of the project carried out by the city of Bologna to improve the use of green urban space [60]. After visiting the park, the largest part of the sample reported positive sensations, such as feeling "more energetic", and "more peaceful", which are in accordance with previous studies that observed a beneficial association between exposure to green space and mental health, using a wide range of measures [35,[60][61][62][63][64][65][66]. The largest proportion of the participants who used the park to relax were women and people belonging to the youngest age class group (18-30 years). ...
... It is important to highlight that among all predictor variables considered, regional RI was the only bioelectrical parameter to fit in all equations, suggesting a predominant role of this parameter in estimating LSTM [17]. This finding reinforces the previous evidence highlighting RI as the main contributor of LSTM (with a variance accounting for approximately 80-90%) [17,31]. Even though additional raw BIA variables, such as R and Xc, have been considered when estimating regional LSTM [17,32], as presented in Table 3, these variables did not significantly contribute to our models and were not included. ...
... The splints design was based on a posture-stabilometric evaluation to find out if a mandibular repositioning could both improve the postural arrangement of the body and reduce myofascial pain in the orofacial region. The possibility that mandibular repositioning could affect body posture has been previously investigated and the aim of our study to obtain a personalized splint is literature-based [38]. ...