Rehabilitation Research Laboratory

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Rehabilitation Research Laboratory

The 2rLab Rehabilitation Research Laboratory supports clinical practice through studies of the effectiveness of rehabilitation measures for the most common diseases of the neuromuscular system and develops tools and methods for the assessment of motor disabilities.

Il 2rLab sviluppa progetti di ricercaThe 2rLab develops interdisciplinary, innovative and original research projects on several lines. interdisciplinari, innovativi e originali su diverse linee di ricerca che si stanno protraendo e implementando negli anni.


Fatigue management education interventions (FME)

Develops therapeutic education interventions for people with fatigue caused by a chronic disease and tests their effectiveness.


3D analysis of jointkinematics

Aims to quantify changes in joint movements in order to help clinicians and researchers optimise therapies and increase their effectiveness.


Fatigue assessment by EMG

Assesses fatigue through measures related to force reduction during a fatiguing task and innovative parameters extracted from the EMG signal.


Promoting musicians' health and preventing occupational diseases

Promotes strategic and effective activities to improve the musician's health and performance and prevent disorders related to instrumental practice.

Mission and objectives

The overall objective of the Workshop is to contribute to the development and improvement of rehabilitation, with a focus on the professional realities of the physiotherapist and occupational therapist. ​​​

​​​​​​​Specifically, the laboratory conducts projects aimed at:
  • Studying the effectiveness of rehabilitation procedures for the main musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies
  • Propose innovative rehabilitation programmes for the main musculoskeletal and neurological diseases
  • Develop and validate original methods for the evaluation of patients with motor disabilities


Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care

Head of the Center
Marco Barbero, Professor and Head of Physiotherapy Laboratory, PhD in Physiotherapy
  • MatteoBeretta-Piccoli  Lecturer-researcher, PhD student, Doctor of Biological Sciences
  • Corrado CesconResearcher, Electronics Engineer, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  • Cinzia Cruder Scientific collaborator, PhD student, Musician, MA in Music Performance
  • Anna Folli Assistant, Physiotherapist, BSc in Physiotherapy
  • Ruth Hersche Lecturer-researcher, PhD student, Ergotherapist, Msc in Occupational Therapy
  • Alessandro Schneebeli Researcher, PhD student, Physiotherapist, BSc in Physiotherapy​​​​​​


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Il Laboratorio sviluppa percorsi formativi in ambito riabilitativo su richiesta di enti o strutture cliniche.

The researchers of the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory are active in the Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Continuing Education of the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care (DEASS), disseminating the results of the most important clinical research with the aim of building a bridge between research and teaching.
On request, 2rLab also develops training courses in the rehabilitation field for institutions or clinical facilities.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

    As part of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, the Laboratory's researchers are directly involved in the Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in setting up and running the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) module and offer third-year students the opportunity to carry out experimental theses using new technologies. They also offer timely contributions within other clinical modules of the Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and Ergotherapy or within optional modules dedicated to clinical research and continuing education.

  • Continuing Education

    The 2rLab's Continuing Education offering is aimed at physiotherapists who wish to broaden and refine their knowledge in specific physiotherapy areas, and the Laboratory intervenes by offering various contributions in seminars inside and outside SUPSI. These include, for example, the course Dry needling and manual therapy in the treatment of myofascial trigger points, which focuses on the technique of dry needling.


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Over the years, the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory has established fruitful collaborations with national and international health institutes, research organisations and universities, with many of which it still collaborates:

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