Dr Luca Laudani

 

Position: Lecturer in Biomechanics

Email address: llaudani@cardiffmet.ac.uk


Profile

Luca is a Lecturer in Biomechanics at the Cardiff School of Sport. He has joined the School in February 2016, following a 6-month research position at the University of Cumbria and a 6-year post-doctoral research position at the University of Rome “Foro Italico”. In Rome, he has also worked in the functional assessment laboratory of Villa Stuart Sport Clinic, which is a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Luca completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Movement Science at the University of Catania in Italy.

Research Interests and Publications

His research concerns neuromechanical aspects of movement in human ageing and following knee injury/surgery. His particular interest focuses on the interaction between posture and movement (anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments) during whole-body or intersegmental motor acts. In addition, he has applied the neuromechanical principles to design innovative functional tests to monitor and assist the return-to-sport after ACL injury/reconstruction.

 

Refereed Academic Journal Articles:

  • Labanca L, Laudani L, Menotti L, Rocchi J, Mariani PP, Giombini A, Pigozzi F, Macaluso A (2016) Asymmetrical lower extremity loading early after ACL reconstruction is a significant predictor of asymmetrical loading at the time of return to sport. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Apr;95(4):248-55.
  • Suarez T, Laudani L, Giombini A, Saraceni VM, Mariani PP, Pigozzi F, Macaluso A (2016) Comparison in joint position sense and muscle coactivation between ACL deficient and healthy individuals. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation Feb;25(1):64-9.
  • Menotti F, Labanca L, Laudani L, Giombini A, Pigozzi F, Macaluso A (2015). Activation of neck and low-back muscles is reduced with the use of a neck balance system together with a lumbar support in urban drivers. PLoS ONE Oct 16;10(10):e0141031.
  • Giombini A, Menotti F, Laudani L, Piccinini A, Fagnani F, Di Cagno A, Macaluso A, Pigozzi F (2015) Effect of whole body vibration frequency on neuromuscular activity in ACL-deficient and healthy males. Biology of Sport 32(3):243-247.
  • Labanca L, Laudani L, Casabona A, Menotti F, Mariani PP, Macaluso A (2015) Early compensatory and anticipatory postural adjustments following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. European Journal of Applied Physiology Jul; 115(7):1441-51.
  • Carlucci F, Haxhi J, Orlando G, Laudani L, Giombini A, Macaluso A, Pigozzi F, Sacchetti M (2015) Older age is associated with lower optimal vibration frequency in lower limb muscles during whole-body vibration. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Jul; 94(7):522-9.
  • Menotti F, Laudani L, Damiani A, Orlando P, Macaluso A (2014) Comparison of walking energy cost between an anterior and a posterior Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFOs) in patients with foot drop. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine Sep; 46(8):768-772.
  • Menotti F, Laudani L, Damiani A, Macaluso A (2014) Amount and intensity of daily living activities in Charcot Marie Tooth 1A patients. Brain and Behavior Jan; 4(1):14-20.
  • Laudani L, Giombini A, Mariani PP, Pigozzi F, Macaluso A (2014) Application of the sit-to-stand movement for the early assessment of functional deficits in patients who underwent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Mar; 93(3):189-199.
  • Mair JL, Laudani L, Vannozzi  G, De Vito G, Boreham C, Macaluso A (2014) Neuromechanics of repeated stepping with external loading in young and older women. European Journal of Applied Physiology May; 114(5):983-994.
  • Menotti F, Laudani L, Damiani A, Mignogna T, Macaluso A (2014) An anterior ankle-foot orthosis improves walking economy in CMT1A patients. Prosthetics & Orthotics International Oct; 38(5):387-392.
  • Laudani L, Vannozzi G, Sawacha Z, Della Croce U, Cereatti A, Macaluso A (2013) Association between physical activity levels and physiological factors underlying mobility in young, middle-aged and older individuals living in a city district. PLoS ONE Sep 6;8(9):e74227.
  • Giombini A, Macaluso A, Laudani L, Di Cesare A, Piccinini A, Pigozzi F, Saraceni VM (2013) Acute effect of whole body vibration at optimal frequency on muscle power output of lower limbs in older women. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sep; 92(9):797-804.
  • Laudani L, Wood L, Casabona A, Giuffrida R, De Vito G (2009) Effects of repeated ankle plantar-flexions on H-reflex and body sway during standing. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology Feb; 19(1):85-92.
  • Laudani L, Casabona A, Perciavalle V, Macaluso A (2006) Basmajian Student Award Paper: Control of head stability during gait initiation in young and older women. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology Dec; 16(6):603-610.

 

Abstract Books / Conference proceedings:

  • Laudani L, Labanca L, Casabona A, Menotti F, Macaluso A (2015) Neuromechanical evaluation of lower-limb anticipatory postural adjustments early after ACL reconstruction. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference, Needwood, Burton-Upon-Trent, UK.
  • Labanca L, Laudani L, Casabona A, Menotti F, Mariani PP, Macaluso A (2014) Compensatory postural adjustments to sudden perturbations in individuals who underwent ACL reconstruction. 20th Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Rome, Italy.
  • Labanca L, Laudani L, Casabona A, Menotti F, Mariani PP, Macaluso A (2014) Anticipatory postural adjustments to sudden perturbations in individuals who underwent ACL reconstruction. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Mair JL, Laudani L, Vannozzi G, De Vito G, Boreham CA, Macaluso A (2013) Defining the optimal load for weighted step power training in older women. 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Laudani L, Vannozzi G, Bazzucchi I, Menotti F, Macaluso A (2012) Determinants of maximal instantaneous muscle power in young, middle-aged and older individuals. Acta Physiologica 206 (S692): P2.12. 63rd National Congress of the Italian Physiological Society, Verona, Italy.
  • Sawacha Z, Laudani L, Macaluso A Vannozzi G (2012) Identifying the association between physical activity levels and physiological factors underlying mobility: a descriptive data mining approach. Intelligent Data Analysis in bioMedicine And Pharmacology Workshop, Pavia, Italy.
  • Laudani L, Vannozzi G, Sawacha Z, Kose A, Macaluso A (2011) Association between habitual physical activity and mobility in young and older individuals living in a city district. 2nd International Congress on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement, Glasgow, UK.
  • Laudani L, Sawacha Z, Vannozzi G, Macaluso A (2011) Investigating the relationship between walking energy cost and physical activity levels in young and older adults living in a city district: Application of a hierarchical clustering technique. Gait & Posture 33S: S47-S48. 11th Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis, Ferrara, Italy.
  • Kose A, Cereatti A, Laudani L, Della Croce U (2011) Estimation of stride length in walking using a single inertial measurement unit attached to the waist. Gait & Posture 33S: S49-S50. 11th Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis, Ferrara, Italy.
  • Aimola E, Santello M, Laudani L, Casabona A (2011) Modulation of H-reflex in flexor pollicis brevii during the preparatory period of a force producing task: a pilot study. 8th International Brain Research Organization, World Congress of Neuroscience, Florence, Italy.
  • Laudani L, Vannozzi G, Kose A, Macaluso A (2010) Is walking economy associated with habitual physical activity in young and older individuals? 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Kose A, Peruzzi A, Cereatti A, Laudani L, Della Croce U (2010) Detection of heel strikes and toe-offs during gait using a single inertial measurement unit attached to the waist. 2nd National Congress of Bioengeneering, Turin, Italy.
  • Laudani L, Vannozzi G, Kose A, Macaluso A (2009) Association between physical activity level and mobility in individuals living in a city district: A pilot study. Gait & Posture 30S: S69. 10th Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis, Alghero, Italy.
  • Kose A, Laudani L, Cereatti A, Zok M, Della Croce U (2009) Physical activity identification with a 6-component inertial sensor. Gait & Posture 30S: S72. 10th Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis, Alghero, Italy.
  • Laudani L, Casabona A, Perciavalle V, Macaluso A (2006) Control of head stability during gait initiation in young and older women. 16th Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Turin, Italy.
  • Laudani L, Casabona A, Perciavalle V, Macaluso A (2005) Control of head stabilization during gait initiation. 6th Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis, Tirrenia, Italy.
  • Laudani L, Wood L, Casabona A, Giuffrida R, De Vito G (2005) Effects of repeated ankle plantar-flexion exercise on H-reflex and postural sway during standing. 56th National Congress of the Italian Physiological Society, Palermo, Italy.

Teaching and Supervision

Luca currently delivers on modules in the areas of sport and exercise biomechanics at undergraduate level, being module leader for the level 4 module Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy of Sport & Exercise and the level 5 module Sports Biomechanics.

 

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Qualifications and Awards

“John V. Basmajian Student Investigator Award” at the XVI Conference of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology June 29 - July 1 2006, Turin, Italy