Giuseppe Banfi

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Loss of articular cartilage through injury or disease presents major clinical challenges also because cartilage has very poor regenerative capacity, giving rise to the development of biological approaches. As autologous blood product, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) provides a promising alternative to surgery by promoting safe and natural healing. Here we tested(More)
Cold therapy is commonly used as a procedure to relieve pain symptoms, particularly in inflammatory diseases, injuries and overuse symptoms. A peculiar form of cold therapy (or stimulation) was proposed 30 years ago for the treatment of rheumatic diseases. The therapy, called whole-body cryotherapy (WBC), consists of exposure to very cold air that is(More)
We assessed haematological parameters and possible modifications in elite rugby players throughout a competitive season for increasing the knowledge of physiological characteristics of these sportsmen. Blood samples were collected from the members of the Italian National rugby team at four consecutive training camps during a whole competitive season.(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are widely considered to be a causal factor in aging and in a number of pathological conditions, such as atherosclerosis, carcinogenesis and infarction. Their role in bone metabolism is dual, considering their effects under physiological or pathological conditions. Under physiological conditions, the production of ROS by(More)
OBJECTIVE Although there is information on biochemical markers of muscle and cardiac damage following strenuous exercise, little is known about the kinetics of these markers in athletes performing sub-maximal exercise. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fifteen healthy, trained, Caucasian males took part in a 21-km run. Blood samples were collected before the run,(More)
We evaluated the effects of regular physical exercise on anemia and iron status in young non-professional female athletes. A total of 191 healthy white Italian women (23.5 ± 4.68 years) were analyzed; 70 were non-professional athletes performing 11.1 ± 2.63 h week−1 exercise and 121 were sedentary controls. Blood markers of anemia and iron status—hemoglobin(More)
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) covers a wide range of therapeutic applications and consists of briefly exposing the body to extremely cold air. In sports medicine, WBC is used to improve recovery from muscle injury; however, empirical studies on its application to this area are lacking. To fill this gap, we compared changes in immunological parameters (C3,(More)
We performed a systematic review of current evidence regarding ultrasound-guided percutaneous irrigation of calcific tendinopathy (US-PICT) in the shoulder aimed to: assess different published techniques; evaluate clinical outcome in a large combined cohort; and propose suggestions for homogeneous future reporting. Cochrane Collaboration for Systematic(More)
The physiological response to the physical exercise involves a number of changes in the oxidative balance and in the metabolism of some important biological molecules, including nitric oxide (NO) and heat shock proteins (Hsp 70). With the aim to optimise previous laboratory diagnostic panels, we measured the plasma concentration of reactive oxygen(More)
Biochemistry and haematology are more and more important and sometimes crucial in sport medicine for diagnosing, controlling and preventing purposes. The analytical process and the global laboratory quality are heavily influenced by the preanalytical phase, including biological material collection, identification, storage and transport of the specimen,(More)