Massimiliano Pau
University of Cagliari
EngineeringGaitPsychologyBalance (ability)Gait analysisPhysical therapyMaterials scienceCadenceAnkleRehabilitationParkinson's diseaseMultiple sclerosisTrunkGait (human)Contact areaMedicineUltrasonic sensorReflection (physics)Physical medicine and rehabilitation
194Publications
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#1Federico Arippa (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 5
#2Bruno Leban (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 13
Last. Massimiliano Pau (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 24
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Although professional bus drivers are required to perform their task while adopting a prolonged constrained sitting posture, existence of possible effects in terms of postural strategies has been scarcely investigated under actual working conditions. This study aimed to characterise modifications of trunk sway in 14 professional bus drivers during regular shifts performed on non-urban routes using a pressure-sensitive mat placed on the seat. Centre-of-pressure (COP) time series were extracted fr...
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#1Massimiliano PauH-Index: 24
#2Ilaria MulasH-Index: 3
Last. Gilles AllaliH-Index: 38
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#1Mauro Giovanni Carta (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 57
#2Giulia Cossu (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 7
Last. Gioia Mura (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 19
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#1Massimiliano Pau (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 24
#2Paolo Capodaglio (UNITO: University of Turin)H-Index: 31
Last. Veronica Cimolin (Polytechnic University of Milan)H-Index: 27
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The main purpose of this study is to characterize lower limb joint kinematics during gait in obese individuals by analyzing inter-limb symmetry and angular trends of lower limb joints during walking. To this purpose, 26 obese individuals (mean age 28.5 years) and 26 normal-weight age- and sex-matched were tested using 3D gait analysis. Raw kinematic data were processed to derive joint-specific angle trends and angle-angle diagrams (synchronized cyclograms) which were characterized in terms of ar...
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#1Maria Chiara Fastame (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 13
#2Ilaria Mulas (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 3
Last. Massimiliano Pau (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 24
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The effect of the COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of Italian older individuals displaying signs of cognitive deterioration has not been deeply investigated. This longitudinal study examined the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the psychological well-being and motor efficiency of a sample of Italian community-dwellers with and without cognitive decline. Forty-seven participants underwent instrumental gait analysis performed in ecological setting using wearable sensors, and compl...
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#1Giulia Cossu (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 7
Last. Dario Fortin (University of Trento)H-Index: 2
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The study aimed to verify whether exercise training in older adults can improve social behavioral rhythms (SBR) and if any modification is maintained over time. Older adults (n=120) from a previous randomized controlled trial, were randomly allocated to either a moderate-intensity exercise group or a control group. SBR was evaluated at t0, t26, and t48 weeks (during the COVID-19 lockdown), using the brief social rhythms scale (BSRS). Seventy-nine participants completed the follow-up (age 72.3±4....
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Background null Although upper limb (UL) dysfunctions are quite common among people with Multiple Sclerosis (pwMS), there is a scarcity of information about actual UL usage under free-living conditions. The aim of the present study is to quantitatively assess 'real-world' activity time, intensity and possible asymmetry of use among dominant and non-dominant ULs in pwMS. null Methods null Twenty-eight pwMS (20 women, 8 men, average EDSS 4.3) and 28 age- and sex-matched unaffected individuals were...
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#1Micaela Porta (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 8
#2Pier Francesco Orru (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 5
Last. Massimiliano Pau (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 24
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Workers exposed to repeated trunk flexions are at risk of onset of low-back disorders (LBDs) and in individuals aged over 50 this issue is exacerbated by the physiologic decline of the musculoskeletal system and longer lifetime occupational exposure. In this study, we investigated the existence of possible age-related differences in patterns of trunk flexion of workers in the metalworking industry. Thirty-three subjects were monitored during an actual shift using a wearable IMU to assess trunk f...
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#1Maria Chiara Fastame (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 13
#2Ilaria Mulas (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 3
Last. Massimiliano Pau (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 24
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In clinical practice, different drawing tests are used for the assessment of cognitive efficiency in the geriatric population. However, so far, the contribution of motor skills to drawing performance has not been sufficiently examined in the late adult life span. This study was aimed at disentangling the role played by motor functioning in three well-known drawing tests that in the clinical field are commonly used to detect some signs of cognitive impairment of older individuals. One hundred and...
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#1Ilaria Mulas (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 3
#2Valeria PutzuH-Index: 2
Last. Massimiliano Pau (University of Cagliari)H-Index: 24
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The main purpose of the present study was to verify the feasibility of wearable inertial sensors (IMUs) in a clinical setting to screen gait and functional mobility in Italian older persons. In particular, we intended to verify the capability of IMUs to discriminate individuals with and without cognitive impairments and assess the existence of significant correlations between mobility parameters extracted by processing trunk accelerations and cognitive status. This is a cross-sectional study per...
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