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Manuela Besomi

Manuela Besomi

PT, MSc, PhD©

Manuela es una fisioterapeuta de Chile con experiencia clínica en el manejo y prevención de lesiones relacionadas al running y apasionada por el running y los deportes al aire libre, especialmente el trail running. Se graduó de la Universidad del Desarrollo (2012) y completó su Maestría en Epidemiología Clínica (Universidad de La Frontera, Chile) en 2016. Recientemente presentó su tesis de doctorado (Universidad de Queensland, Australia).
Manuela es la directora de salud de un club de triatlón / running (Runnit Chile, www.runnit.cl) y brinda asesoría experta en lesiones y rendimiento en el running. Manuela trabaja como investigadora y profesora en la Universidad del Desarrollo y es la investigadora principal del proyecto SeRUN® (www.serun.cl) en Chile. Ha estado involucrada en múltiples colaboraciones nacionales e internacionales. Manuela ha corrido varias carreras de trail running y triatlón y espera seguir corriendo por mucho más tiempo.

Education

1.  Ph.D. candidate, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (2017 – Present). 

  • Thesis:  “Towards the investigation of the tensor fascia lata muscle and iliotibial band function in runners: The relevance of the why and the how”.
    • Systematic review of the literature regarding potential differences in structure and activation of the TFL muscle in individuals with and without lower limb musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Development of an expert-consensus document to guide the decision-making process for selection of electrode types and amplitude normalisation methods.
    • Investigation of the TFL activation patterns between surface and intramuscular EMG recordings, and amplitude normalisation methods.
    • Systematic review of the morphological and mechanical properties of the ITB, and potential differences between individuals with and without musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Investigation of the influence of transducer orientation on shear wave velocity measurements of the ITB.
    • Estimation of in-vivo mechanical properties of the ITB using shear wave elastography in pain-free runners.
    • Evaluation of displacement of the ITB fascial layers during a standing weight shift in runners

 

2.  Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology, Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile (2013-2016)

  • Thesis:  “SeRUN study: Description of running profiles and behaviours associated with running, Región Metropolitana 2015-2016, Chile” – Mixed methods study.

 

3.  Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Universidad del Desarrollo, 2013)

 

4.  Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Universidad del Desarrollo, 2008-2012)

  • Research project:  “Level of physical activity according to GPAQ in pregnant and postpartum women attending the Family Health Center”.

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Lecturer and Researcher, Carrera de Kinesiologia, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile.
  • Chilean Physical Therapy Association / Colegio de Kinesiólogos de Chile 2014 – Present
  • Member of Chilean Sport Medicine Society / SOCHMEDEP 2015 - Present
  • Member American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2016 – Present #768212
  • Member of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) 2019 – Present
  • Member of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) 2020 – Present
  • Member of Chilean Society of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (SOKIME) 2020 – Present

Teaching experience

  • Universidad del Desarrollo
    • MAKI (Master in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation) – Exercise interventions: Temporary lecturer (2016 – Present)
    • Evidence-based practice in Musculoskeletal and Sports - Diploma programs Physical Therapy School: Temporary lecturer & Exam Marking (2014 – 2017)
    • Function and Dysfunction: Temporary lecturer & Exam Marking (2015 – 2017)
    • Research in Physical Therapy: Temporary lecturer (quantitative and qualitative research methods) & Exam Marking (2014 – 2017)
    • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I y II: Temporary lecturer and Practical sessions & Exam Marking (2014 – 2017)
    • Research Methodology and Biostatistics I y II: Temporary lecturer & Exam Marking (quantitative and qualitative research methods) (2013 – 2017)
    • Musculoskeletal - Clinical placement - (~5 students per year): Mentor/tutor and Examiner (2015 – 2017)
  • The University of Queensland
    • BIOL1040 - Cells to Organisms: Casual Academic examiner (2017-Present)
    • HRSS7101 - Health Science Research Discovery I: Tutor (quantitative and qualitative research methods) (2018)
  • Others
    • Evidence-based practice in Musculoskeletal functional rehabilitation - Diploma Thera Advance® Group: Temporary lecturer & Exam Marking (2018 – Present)
    • Return to Sport: the role of the physiotherapist - Module for Sports Physician specialisation (first cohort in Chile): Temporary lecturer and Practical session & Exam Marking (2016-2017)
    • Clinical assessment and management of common running-related injuries - Module for Sports Physician specialisation (first cohort in Chile): Temporary lecturer and Practical session & Exam Marking  (2016-2017)

Professional experience

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach, UQ Triathlon and Adventures Club (2021 – Present)
  • Telerehabilitation, private practice (2020 – Present)
  • Health Director, Runnit© Chile (www.runnit.cl) (2018 – Present)
  • Lead investigator SeRUN® team - School of Physical Therapy, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile (www.serun.cl) (2013 – Present).
  • Research coordinator - Consensus for Experimental Design in Electromyography (CEDE) project. International initiative. In collaboration with the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK), and the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (JEK) (2019 – Present).
  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals – Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (1), European Journal of Sports Science (1), Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physiotherapy (2), BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (3), Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (1), Journal of Sports Sciences (1), Physiotherapy Theory and Practice (1) (2017 – Present).
  • Volunteer rater for Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) - The George Institute for Global Health (2016 – Present).
  • Research coordinator “FONIS SA11I2161” (2011), Chile. Actividad Física y Embarazo, de la carrera de Kinesiología, Facultad de Medicina CAS Universidad del Desarrollo (2013 – 2015).
  • Physiotherapist at “Kinesic Clinic” Rehabilitation Center (2013 - 2017)

Peer-reviewed scientific publications

  1. Besomi M., Nava G.T., van den Hoorn W., Hug F., Vicenzino B & Hodges P.W. (2020). Influence of transducer orientation on shear wave velocity measurements of the iliotibial band. Journal of Biomechanics, [accepted, 27th 2021].
  2. Martinez MJ, Enrique MI, Leppe J, Besomi M. Running-related injuries according to temporality and SeRUN® profile in runners participating in the 2017 Viña Marathon. Fisioterapia [under review, FT-S-20-00139, 28 August 2020].
  3. Besomi M, Salomoni SE, Hug F, Tier L, Vicenzino B, Hodges PW. In-vivo estimation of stiffness of the iliotibial band using shear wave elastography in pain-free runners. Physical Therapy in Sport, [under review, YPTSP-D-20-00316, 7th October 2020].
  4. Besomi M, Salomoni SE, Cruz-Montecinos C, Stecco C, Vicenzino B, Hodges PW. Distinct displacement of the superficial and deep fascial layers of the iliotibial band during a weight shift task in runners. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, [under review, YMATH-D-20-00324, 29th December 2020].
  5. Tier L, Salomoni SE, Hug F, Besomi M, Hodges PW (2020). Shear modulus of multifidus and longissimus muscles measured using shear wave elastography correlates with muscle activity, but depends on image quality. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2020.102505
  6. Besomi M, Hodges PW, et al (2020). Consensus for Experimental Design in Electromyography (CEDE) project: Amplitude normalization matrix. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2020.102438
  7. Bunster J, Mauri-Stecca VM, Leppe J, Besomi M (2020).  Psychometric properties of functional scales in sports population with musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb: a Systematic Review. Fisioterapia. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ft.2020.02.002
  8. Maclachlan L., Mills K., Lawford B., Egerton T., Setchell J., Hall L.M., Plinsinga M., Besomi M., Teo S., Eyles J.P., Mellor R., Hodges P.W., Hunter D.J., Vicenzino B., Bennell K.L (2020). Design, effectiveness and implementation of peer-to-peer online support groups for people with chronic musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. DOI: 10.2196/15822
  9. Besomi M, Maclachlan L, Mellor R, Vicenzino BT, Hodges PW (2020). Tensor fascia latae muscle structure and activation in individuals with lower limb musculoskeletal conditions: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-019-01251-1
  10. Plinsinga ML, Besomi M, Maclachlan L, et al (2019). Mixed methods study exploring the characteristics and preferences for (online) support groups. J Med Internet Res. DOI: 10.2196/15987
  11. Besomi M, Hodges PW, van Dieen J, et al (2019). Consensus for Experimental Design in Electromyography (CEDE) project: Electrode selection matrix. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2019.07.008
  12. Besomi M, Leppe J, Mauri-Stecca MV, Hooper TL, Sizer PS (2019). Training volume and previous injury as associated factors of Running-Related Injuries by race distance: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2019.143.06.
  13. Jaime Leppe and Manuela Besomi* (2018). Recent Versus Old Previous Injury and Its Association with Running-Related Injuries During Competition by SeRUN® Running Profiles: A Cross-sectional Study. Sports Medicine – Open. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-018-0164-x
  14. Manuela Besomi, Jaime Leppe, María Cristina Di Silvestre, Jenny Setchell (2018). SeRUN® study: Development of running profiles using a mixed method analysis. PLOS ONE. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200389
  15. Besomi M, Enríquez MI, Martínez MJ, Leppe J (2017). Urban runners: Which are their Motivations for Running? European journal of physiotherapy. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2017.1381317
  16. Leppe J, Besomi M, Olsen C, Mena MJ, Roa S (2013). Level of physical activity according to GPAQ in pregnant and postpartum women attending the Family Health Center. Rev Chil Obstet Ginecol. DOI: 10.1080/21679169.2017.1381317

Participation in National and International conferences

  • Oral presentation: Consensus for Experimental Design in Electromyography (CEDE) project: Electrode Selection and Amplitude Normalisation matrices. Manuela Besomi, Paul Hodges. School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Postgraduate Research Conference 2020, Brisbane, Australia
  • Poster presentation: Influence of transducer orientation on shear wave velocity measurements of the iliotibial band. Besomi M, Nava GT, van den Hoorn W, Hug F, Vicenzino B, Hodges PW. School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Postgraduate Research Conference 2020, Brisbane, Australia
  • Oral presentation: Shear wave elastography of the iliotibial band: the influence of transducer orientation. Besomi M, Nava GT, van den Hoorn W, Hug F, Vicenzino B, Hodges PW. La Trobe Sports & Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM) Sports Medicine Student Showcase: Tuesday 27th- Thursday 29th October [Online].
  • Poster presentation: Impact of transducer position on shear elastic modulus measurements of the iliotibial band. Manuela Besomi, Bill Vicenzino, Paul Hodges. Virtual ISEK Conference 2020.
  • Poster presentation: Consensus for Experimental Design in Electromyography (CEDE) project: Electrode selection matrix. Manuela Besomi, Paul Hodges. Virtual ISEK Conference 2020.
  • Oral presentation: Shear elastic modulus of the iliotibial band differs between postures and tasks in runners. Besomi M, Salomoni S, Vicenzino BT, Hodges. School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Postgraduate Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia, Nov 20, 2019.
  • Poster presentation: “Shear wave elastography of the iliotibial band: Reliability of measures in different anatomical regions and tasks”. Besomi M, Salomoni S, Vicenzino BT, Hodges. Sports Medicine Australia Conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia, Oct 23-25, 2019.
  • Oral presentation: Shear elastic modulus of the iliotibial band differs between postures and tasks in runners. Besomi M, Salomoni S, Vicenzino BT, Hodges. Sports Medicine Australia Conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia, Oct 23-25, 2019.
  • Poster presentation: “What do we know about the role of the tensor fascia latae muscle in musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb?”. Besomi M, Maclachlan L, Mellor R, Vicenzino BT, Hodges PW. 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy, Vancouver, Canada, Oct 4-5, 2019. 
  • Poster presentation: “Shear wave elastography of the iliotibial band: an exploratory study in pain-free runners”. Besomi M, Salomoni S, Vicenzino BT, Hodges. 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy, Vancouver, Canada, Oct 4-5, 2019. 
  • Poster presentation: “What do we know about the role of the tensor fascia latae muscle in musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb?”. Besomi M, Maclachlan L, Mellor R, Vicenzino BT, Hodges PW. Scandinavian Sports Medicine Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2019.
  • Oral presentation: “Training volume and associated factors with running-related injuries across different population of runners: a cross-sectional study”. Manuela Besomi (October 2017). UQ Sports Physiotherapy masters’ conference 2017, Brisbane, 28 October 2017.
  • Poster presentation: “Running Profiles And Their Associated Behaviors: A Proposal For Chilean Runners”. Manuela Besomi, Jaime Leppe, Manuel Vicente Mauri-Stecca, Phillip S. Sizer. 2017 Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain of the American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, Colorado, May 30-June 3, 2017.
  • Poster presentation: “Running motivations within different populations of Chilean urban runners”. Manuela Besomi, Jaime Leppe, Manuel Vicente Mauri-Stecca, Phillip S. Sizer. World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress 2017, Cape Town, 2-4 July 2017.
  • Platform/classic presentation, entitled “Beliefs and Perceptions of Chilean Urban Runners on Injury Risk Factors, Injury Prevention and Physical Therapy Care”. Manuela Besomi, Jaime Leppe, Manuel Vicente Mauri-Stecca, Phillip S. Sizer. World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress 2017, Cape Town, 2-4 July 2017.
  • Oral presentation: “Comparison of Training Volume and Previous Injury reported in runners of the 2014 Santiago Marathon according to level of experience: cross-current study”. Manuela Besomi, Jaime Leppe, Manuel Vicente Mauri-Stecca. XX National Congress of Physical Therapy (CONAKI), Valdivia, Chile. 
  • Poster Presentation: “Motivations of urban Runners by the Motivations of Marathoners Scale (MOMS-34)”. Manuela Besomi, Jaime Leppe, Manuel Vicente Mauri-Stecca. XX National Congress of Physical Therapy (CONAKI), Valdivia, Chile.
  • Poster Presentation: “Determinants of running related-injury in Santiago’s Marathon runners 2014”. Jaime Leppe, Manuela Besomi, Kabir Sadarangani, Magdalena Waldbaum, Roberto Urzúa, Astrid Von Oetinger. XIX Latin American Conference of Physiotherapy and Kinesiology (CLAFK), Sao Paulo, 27-29 October 2014.
  • Poster Presentation: “Description of the level of physical activity according to GPAQ in pregnant and postpartum women attending the Family Health Center El Roble: descriptive study”. Manuela Besomi, Catalina Olsen, Jaime Leppe. XIX National Physical Therapy Association Conference, Santiago, Chile.

Presentations

  • Invited workshop: Running for injury prevention and performance. UQ Triads, Brisbane, Australia, 23rd February 2020.
  • Invited talk (Spanish): Posibles razones de lesión, pronóstico e ideas para el manejo de lesiones en el running: SBIT – de la clínica al laboratorio. Carrera de Kinesiología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 18th August 2020.
  • Invited podcast (Spanish): RUNCHATLIVE Ep.48: Iliotibial band syndrome. Available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56DYz-uQhx0
  • Invited talk: Understanding the role of the tensor fascia latae (TFL) muscle and the iliotibial band (ITB) in the pathogenesis of ITB syndrome and patella femoral pain (PFP) in runners. ANAT2012 research symposium, Brisbane, Australia, 29th May 2019.
  • Invited talk Running Seminar: Running to get fit or getting fit to run? GaleForce Running Seminar, Brisbane, Australia, 23rd February 2019.
  • Invited workshop: Video running assessment for injury prevention and performance. UQ Triads, Brisbane, Australia, 21st June 2019.
  • Invited talk (Spanish): Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago, Chile.
    • Lecture 1: “Epidemiology and Aetiology of Running-related Injuries”.
    • Lecture 2: “Clinical Evaluation and management of Running-related Injuries”.
  • Clinical workshop SeRUN: “From Evidence to Clinical Practice”. Mall Sport, Santiago, Chile.
  • Invited talk – Running Seminar (Spanish): “Running related-injury in Santiago’s Marathon runners 2014. V Seminar of Sports of Medicine and Running, Santiago, Chile.

Others

  • Languages: Spanish (native) and English (high)
  • Coordinator of Spanish translations to improve education among Spanish speaker physiotherapists:
    • e-Book - Musculoskeletal Clinical Translation Framework
    • PEAK (Physiotherapy Exercise and Physical Activity for Knee Osteoarthritis Training) program
  • President of UQ Chile Association (2019). The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. https://www.uqchile.com/board/
  • Secretary of UQ Chile Association (2018). The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. www.uqchile.com