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Valerio Giustino







 Valerio Giustino

BSc, MSc


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Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement. Via Giovanni Pascoli, 6 – 90144 Palermo




Valerio Giustino studied at University of Palermo (Italy) where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences of Physical Activities and Sports in 2014, he took a First-Level University Master's program in Posturology and Biomechanics in 2015, and a Master’s degree in Sciences and Techniques of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities in 2017. In 2018 he got a Second-Level University Master's program in Planning and Conduction of Physical Exercise in Exercise-Sensitive Diseases at University of Verona (Italy). Afterwards, he began a PhD candidate at University of Palermo (Italy), and he is currently in the third year of the program.




▪  Battaglia, G., Giustino, V., Tabacchi, G., Lanza, M., Schena, F., Biino, V., Giuriato, M., Gallotta, M.C., Guidetti, L., Baldari, C., Gennaro, A., Palma, A., Bellafiore, M. Interrelationship Between Age, Gender, and Weight Status on Motor Coordination in Italian Children and Early Adolescents Aged 6–13 Years Old (2021) Frontiers in Pediatrics, 9, 738294. DOI: 10.3389/fped.2021.738294

▪  Mazzo, M.R., Weinman, L.E., Giustino, V., Mclagan, B., Maldonado, J., Enoka, R.M. Changes in neural drive to calf muscles during steady submaximal contractions after repeated static stretches (2021) Journal of Physiology, 599 (18), pp. 4321-4336. DOI: 10.1113/JP281875

▪  Sanfilippo, V., Giustino, V., Mauro, G.L., Martines, F., Messina, G., Rizzo, S. Assessment and rehabilitation program in dizziness patients presenting vertebral fractures (2021) Dizziness: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management, pp. 263-288.

▪  Messina, G., Giustino, V., Corrao, A., Rizzo, S., Salvago, P., Martines, F. Postural disorders in patients with dizziness: From postural analysis to vestibular rehabilitation programs (2021) Dizziness: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management, pp. 229-245.

▪  Martines, F., Giustino, V., Dispenza, F., Galletti, F., Rizzo, S., Salvago, P., Messina, G. Body balance and postural control in patients with dizziness (2021) Dizziness: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management, pp. 173-193

▪  Amato, A., Messina, G., Giustino, V., Brusa, J., Brighina, F., Proia, P. A pilot study on non-invasive treatment of migraine: The self-myofascial release (2021) European Journal of Translational Myology, 31 (1), 9249. DOI: 10.4081/ejtm.2021.9646

▪  Scaturro, D., Rizzo, S., Sanfilippo, V., Giustino, V., Messina, G., Martines, F., Falco, V., Cuntrera, D., Moretti, A., Iolascon, G., Mauro, G.L. Effectiveness of rehabilitative intervention on pain, postural balance, and quality of life in women with multiple vertebral fragility fractures: A prospective cohort study (2021) Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology, 6 (1), 24. DOI: 10.3390/jfmk6010024

▪  Gjaka, M., Feka, K., Bianco, A., Tishukaj, F., Giustino, V., Parroco, A.M., Palma, A., Battaglia, G. The effect of covid-19 lockdown measures on physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour in a relatively young population living in Kosovo (2021) Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10 (4), 763, pp. 1-15. DOI: 10.3390/jcm10040763

▪  Giustino, V., Messina, G., Alesi, M., La Mantia, L., Palma, A., Battaglia, G. Study of postural control and body balance in subjects with Down syndrome (2021) Human Movement, 22 (1), pp. 66-71. DOI: 10.5114/hm.2021.98466

▪  Di Stefano, V., Battaglia, G., Giustino, V., Gagliardo, A., D’Aleo, M., Giannini, O., Palma, A., Brighina, F. Significant reduction of physical activity in patients with neuromuscular disease during COVID-19 pandemic: the long-term consequences of quarantine (2021) Journal of Neurology, 268 (1), pp. 20-26. DOI: 10.1007/s00415-020-10064-6

▪  Petrigna, L., Giustino, V., Zangla, D., Aurea, S., Palma, R., Palma, A., Battaglia, G. Physical fitness assessment in Goalball: A scoping review of the literature (2020) Heliyon, 6 (7), e04407. DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04407

▪  Brusa, J., Maggio, M.C., Giustino, V., Thomas, E., Zangla, D., Iovane, A., Palma, A., Corsello, G., Messina, G., Bellafiore, M. Upper and lower limb strength and body posture in children with congenital hypothyroidism: An observational case-control study (2020) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (13), 4830, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17134830

▪  Giustino, V., Parroco, A.M., Gennaro, A., Musumeci, G., Palma, A., Battaglia, G. Physical activity levels and related energy expenditure during COVID-19 quarantine among the sicilian active population: A cross-sectional online survey study (2020) Sustainability (Switzerland), 12 (11), 4356. DOI: 10.3390/su12114356

▪  Brusa, J., Maggio, M.C., Zangla, D., Giustino, V., Thomas, E., Palma, R., Messina, G., Palma, A., Corsello, G., Bellafiore, M. Comparison of postural features and muscle strength between children with idiopathic short stature and healthy peers in relation to physical exercise (2020) Sustainability (Switzerland), 12 (9), 3639. DOI: 10.3390/su12093639

▪  Battaglia, G., Giustino, V., Messina, G., Faraone, M., Brusa, J., Bordonali, A., Barbagallo, M., Palma, A., Dominguez, L.-J. Walking in natural environments as geriatrician's recommendation for fall prevention: Preliminary outcomes from the 'passiata day' model (2020) Sustainability (Switzerland), 12 (7), 2684. DOI: 10.3390/su12072684

▪  Bonaventura, R.E., Giustino, V., Chiaramonte, G., Giustiniani, A., Smirni, D., Battaglia, G., Messina, G., Oliveri, M. Investigating prismatic adaptation effects in handgrip strength and in plantar pressure in healthy subjects (2020) Gait and Posture, 76, pp. 264-269. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2019.12.022

▪  Russo, L., Giustino, V., Toscano, R.E., Secolo, G., Secolo, I., Iovane, A., Messina, G. Can tongue position and cervical ROM affect postural oscillations? A pilot and preliminary study (2020) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 15, pp. S840-S847. DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2020.15.Proc3.35

▪  Giustino, V., Russo, L., Toscano, R.E., Secolo, G., Secolo, I., Battaglia, G., Messina, G. A novel global postural alteration? Qualitative assessment of hallux valgus and swallowing disorder in human posture: A preliminary investigation on the incidence during age span for promoting psycho-physical and postural well-being (2020) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 15 (Proc3), pp. S833-S839. DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2020.15.Proc3.34

▪  Feka, K., Brusa, J., Cannata, R., Giustino, V., Bianco, A., Gjaka, M., Iovane, A., Palma, A., Messina, G. Is bodyweight affecting plantar pressure distribution in children? An observational study (2020) Medicine (United States), 99 (36), e21968. DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000021968

▪  Francavilla, V.C., Mingrino, O., Giustino, V., Iovane, A., Messina, G. Application of T-Thesys Therapy in post-operative recovery in knee-surgical interventions: A case study (2020) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 15 (Proc2), pp. S299-S307. DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2020.15.Proc2.21

▪  Messina, G., Francavilla, V.C., Giustino, V., Mingrino, O., Genovesi, F., Amato, A., Proia, P. Use of nutritional supplement to improve performance in professional soccer players: A case report (2020) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 15 (Proc2), pp. S289-S298. DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2020.15.Proc2.20

▪  Bianco, A., Ravalli, S., Maugeri, G., D'Agata, V., Vecchio, M., D'Amico, A.G., Pavone, V., Lucenti, L., Amato, A., Gentile, A., Giustino, V., Feka, K., Thomas, E., Musumeci, G. The "journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology" Journal club series: Highlights on recent papers in overtraining and exercise addiction (2019) Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology, 4 (4). DOI: 10.3390/jfmk4040068

▪  Messina, G., Giustino, V., Martines, F., Rizzo, S., Pirino, A., Scoppa, F. Orofacial muscles activity in children with swallowing dysfunction and removable functional appliances (2019) European Journal of Translational Myology, 29 (3), pp. 246-250. DOI: 10.4081/ejtm.2019.8267

▪  Giustino, V., Lorusso, F., Rizzo, S., Salvago, P., Martines, F. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (2019) Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, pp. 207-216.

▪  Messina, G., Amato, A., Brighina, F., Monaco, A.L., Giustino, V., Brusa, J., Iovane, A., Proia, P. Lactate level and handgrip test in migraine and fibromyalgia after self-myofascial release treatment (2019) Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 14 (Proc5), pp. S2019-S2025. DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2019.14.Proc5.23

▪  Feka, K., Pomara, F., Russo, G., Piccione, M.C., Petrucci, M., Giustino, V., Messina, G., Iovane, A., Palma, A., Bianco, A. How do sports affect static baropodometry? An observational study among women living in southern Italy (2019) Human Movement, 20 (1), pp. 9-16. DOI: 10.5114/hm.2019.78091

▪  Thomas, E., Martines, F., Bianco, A., Messina, G., Giustino, V., Zangla, D., Iovane, A., Palma, A. Decreased postural control in people with moderate hearing loss (2018) Medicine (United States), 97 (14), e0244. DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000010244

▪  Battaglia, G., Messina, G., Giustino, V., Zangla, D., Barcellona, M., Iovane, A., Palma, A. Influence of vertical dimension of occlusion on peak force during handgrip tests in athletes (2018) Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, 9 (4), e68274. DOI: 10.5812/asjsm.68274

▪  Barcellona, M., Giustino, V., Messina, G., Battaglia, G., Fischetti, F., Palma, A., Iovane, A. Effects of a specific training protocol on posturographic parameters of a taekwondo elite athlete and implications on injury prevention: A case study (2018) Acta Medica Mediterranea, 34, pp. 1533-1538. DOI: 10.19193/0393-6384_2018_3s_236

▪  Battaglia, G., Giustino, V., Iovane, A., Bellafiore, M., Martines, F., Patti, A., Traina, M., Messina, G., Palma, A. Influence of occlusal vertical dimension on cervical spine mobility in sports subjects (2016) Acta Medica Mediterranea, 32 (5), pp. 1589-1595. DOI: 10.19193/0393-6384_2016_5_135


Supervisor (s)

▪  Giuseppe Battaglia, PA (M-EDF/02), Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement.

▪   Simona Pajaujiene, Lithuanian Sports University


Thesis title/topic

Biomechanics and Neuroscience in Sports: Focus on the Effects of Prismatic Adaptation on Posture and Sports Skills Accuracy.



Biomechanics, Posturology, Adapted Physical Activity, Motor Coordination, Neuroscience applied to Sport.



International Mobility

▪  Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Murcia (Spain)

▪  Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split (Croatia)

▪  Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory, University of Colorado Boulder (USA)

▪  Lithuanian Sports University (Lithuania)