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3° SIF National Congress

3° SIF National Congress


The objective of the S.I.F. Congress 2013 is to underline both the rationale and specificity of therapeutic exercise and to give examples about its applications in the most frequently occurring motor impairments.
The Congress will attempt to answer the question “Does the therapeutic exercise specificity exist?”.
The growth of scientific research in the physiotherapy field has led to an increase in the number of physiotherapy-based scientific papers but it has not yet answered the above question. In fact, an overview of the literature shows different physiotherapy approaches addressed to similar clinical conditions.
On the contrary, physiotherapists know that the best results are obtained by tailoring the exercise program to both the patient’s need and the physiotherapist’s experience. At the same time, they also know that the exercise program should stem from knowledge of movement patophysiology and should be adapted to the evolving scientific literature.
A potentially infinite number of clinical applications of therapeutic exercise for musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions could be presented and those judged more interesting by the Congress Scientific Committee will be discussed.
Another criterion for the realization of the Congress program is to underline Italian expertise in both the clinical and scientific fields. Some examples are lectures and speeches about the mirror neuron system or a round tables debate about different rehabilitative approaches for subjects after stroke.
Each session will be opened with a lecture that will deepen its clinical or physiological aspects, with speakers being both Italian and foreign expert colleagues. Additionally, the Congress will invite oral communications, selected on the basis of their quality among the most inherent to the
topic of the session.


Friday 24 May 2013

9.00 - 9.10 Congress presentation
Paolo Pillastrini, Bologna

Session I: therapeutic exercise in balance impairments
Chair: Andrea Turolla, Venice

9.10 – 9.50 Lecture: Postural organization and sensory-motor control in voluntary movement: implications for therapeutic exercise
Luigi Tesio, Milan

9.50 – 10.15 Balance treatment after lower limb joint lesion
Antonio Poser, Conegliano Veneto

10.15 –10.40 Balance treatment in Central Nervous System lesions
Davide Cattaneo, Milan

10-40-11.00 Discussion
11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-11.40 Balance treatment by biofeedback
Stefano Vercelli, Veruno

11.40-12.25 3 Oral communications
12.25-12.45 Discussion

12.45 lunch


Session II: debate about concepts of neurological physiotherapy
Chair: Roberto Gatti, Milan
13.45 – 14.25 Lecture: Early prediction of outcome after stroke: What is clinically relevant?
Gert Kwakkel, Amsterdam
14.25 – 15.25 Round table: The pazient with hemiparesis: debate about concepts
Rosario Fiolo, Palermo, Psiche Giannoni, Genoa, Gert Kwakkel, Amsterdam Holm Thieme, Kreischa
Chair: Roberto Gatti, Milan
15.25 –15.45 Discussion
15.45 –16.00 Coffee break
Session III: strength training
Chair: Antonio Poser, Conegliano Veneto
16.00 – 16.40 Lecture: Muscular activation physiopathology after joint lesion
Nicola Mafiuletti, Zurich
16.40 – 17.05 Training of muscles with arthrogenic inhibition
Andrea Tettamanti, Milan
17.05-17.30 Strength training in subjects with spasticity
Matteo Paci, Prato
17.30-17.45 1 Oral communication

Saturday 25 May 2013

Session IV: cognitive facilitations and technologies supporting the therapeutic exercise
Chair: Andrea Tettamanti, Milan

9.00 – 9.40 Lecture: Mirror neuron system and rehabilitation
Giovanni Buccino, Catanzaro

9.40 – 10.05 Action observation treatment: to watch the motor performance
Elisa Pelosin, Genoa

10.05 – 10.30 Motor imagery: to imagine the motor performance
Roberto Gatti, Milan

10.30 – 10.55 Mirror therapy for improving motor function after stroke
Holm Thieme, Kreischa

10.55 – 11.15 Discussion
11.15-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-11.55 Robotic systems in physiotherapy
Pietro Morasso, Genoa

11.55-12.20 Exercises performed in virtual realities
Andrea Turolla, Venice

12.20-12.50 2 Oral Communications
12.50-13.00 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

Session V: therapeutic exercise in musculoskeletal disorders: debate about proposals
Chair: Stefano Vercelli, Veruno

14.00-14.40 Lecture: Low Back Pain: subgrouping classification and Clinical Prediction Rules
Antony Delitto, Pittsburgh

14.40-15.05 Musculoskeletal pain modulated by exercise
Marco Testa, Savona

15.05 – 16.15 Round table: Therapeutic exercise in low back pain: debate about proposals
Anthony Delitto, Pittsburgh, Sara Luetchford, Milan, Robert Valentiny, Lugano, Marco Testa, Savona,
Chair: Silvano Ferrari, Milan

16.15-16.30 Discussion
16.30-16.45 Coffe break

16.45-17.15 2 Oral communications

17.15-17.30 Poster award and Congress closure

Speakers and Chairmen

  • Giovanni Buccino Università Magna Graecia, Catanzaro
  • Davide Cattaneo Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milano
  • Anthony M. Delitto University of Pittsburgh (USA)
  • Silvano Ferrari Studio Arcobaleno, Milano
  • Alessandro Filla Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
  • Rosario Fiolo AOUP Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Roberto Gatti Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano
  • Psiche Giannoni Centro A.R.T. di Genova
  • Gert Kwakkel VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Sara Luetchford Metodo McKenzie Teacher. Milano
  • Nicola Maffiuletti Schulthess Clinic, Zurigo (CH)
  • Pietro G. Morasso Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova
  • Giuseppe Orefice Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
  • Matteo Paci Azienda USL 4, Prato
  • Elisa Pelosin Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Paolo Pillastrini Università di Bologna
  • Antonio Poser Università degli Studi di Siena
  • Luigi Tesio Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Marco Testa Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Andrea Tettamanti Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan
  • Holm Thieme Klinik Bavaria, Kreischa (D)
  • Andrea Turolla Ospedale San Camillo, Venezia
  • Robert Valentiny IMTA Teacher, Lugano
  • Stefano Vercelli Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Veruno