Research area:
Prevention & rehabilitation throughout the lifespan

Rehabilitation, along with prevention, promotion, treatment and support, is essential in addressing the full scope of health needs of a population to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.

Research domains

The research area prevention and rehabilitation throughout the lifespan at LUNEX University focusses on the motor system as the foundation of optimal movement. The movement system is the integration of body systems that generate and maintain movement at all levels of bodily function. Human movement is a complex behaviour within a specific context, and is influenced by social, environmental, and personal factors.

Monitoring an individual’s movement system across the life span is key to promoting optimal development, diagnosing dysfunction, and providing interventions targeted at preventing or ameliorating restrictions to activity and participation.

The World Confederation of Physical Therapy defines physical therapy as a service, provided by physical therapists in circumstances where movement and function are threatened. These threats include ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors and with the understanding that functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. Following this definition, the vision of this research area is to understand how the movement system is affected by disease, injury, lifestyle, development, and ageing, and how movement can be used to promote health by enhancing physical function, activity, and participation across the lifespan.

More specifically, the research area aims to identify and investigate the structural and functional contributing factors to the movement system impairments and to provide effective strategy for the assessment, prevention and rehabilitation throughout the lifespan. The research area focuses on the following research domains: diagnosis and treatment of the movement system impairments, rehabilitation in patients with chronic cardiorespiratory conditions, skeletal muscles and nerves biomechanics and physiology, adaptation and validation of assessment tools.

Selected publications

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roberto Meroni

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31368371
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30393813
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28634858
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28106568
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29018503
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408121
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25142682
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24766100

Asst. Prof. Dr. Tiago Neto

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29732595
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31633231
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29387655
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28637597
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30109503

Dr. Matthias Loeckx

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30578215
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30498342
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28137918
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30586370
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31103027
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26917609
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25591614

Kim Buchholtz

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2019.08.081
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2019.08.080
https://doi.org/10.1002/tsm2.45
https://doi.org/10.17159/2078-516X/2018/v30i1a3401
https://doi.org/10.17159/2078-516X/2019/v31i1a6091

Dr. Johanna Johannsson

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30472523
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28409395
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25869621
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26237709
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25074226

Lorenzo Cavazzuti

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31544524
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30103299
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29985719
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28825997
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28723717
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27748072
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24967417
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20727760

Any questions?
Your contact

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roberto Meroni will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the research field of prevention and rehabilitation throughout the lifespan.

E-mail: roberto.meroni@lunex-university.net
Phone: +352 288 494-88

LUNEX – International University of Health, Exercise and Sports S.A.

50, avenue du Parc des Sports / 4671 Differdange / Luxembourg

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