Nicola achieved his degree in massage-therapy in 1992, then he enrolled for the Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Parma in 2008, where he graduated in 2012.
He has always worked in the sports field, particularly in the field of rugby. Actually since 2003 he has worked in partnership with Gran Parma Rugby (2003), Crociati Rugby (2009-2010) and Noceto Rugby (2014-2012); in this period he has also worked with the F.I.R. (Italian Federation of Rugby) for various meetings of the national junior teams.
In 2013 he joined the Zebre Rugby Team, where he has held the position of Head of the Physical Therapy staff since 2016.
In 2019 he joined Amatori Parma Rugby where he currently is the Head of the medical staff. One of the projects that he had achieved is the one about the importance of assessing posture in young athletes. In this project he works with a Physiatrist, they assess all the athletes between 5 and 14 years old in order to prevent postural abnormalities and paramorphisms of the spinal column.
He has been then the Physiotherapist of the Valorugby (www.valorugby.it/squadre/first-xv/) since 2020, a team that plays in the Italian top ranking – TOP 12.
In addition to his clinical practice, since 2016 he is a lecturer at the University of Parma, in the Physical Therapy Degree course, where he teaches functional bandaging within the module “Management of the Injured Athlete”. He is also a mentor for those students from the University of Parma that have to do their internship in the Sports Rehabilitation field.
In 2019 he was supervisor for the thesis of a student in Physical Therapy at the University of Parma that conducted an experimental trial about “Concussion in Rugby”, an extremely important topic for professionals and amateur athletes.
In 2019 he also managed and spoke at a series of different educational events about emergency and urgency in the rugby field, in collaboration with the CRER (Comitato Regionale Emilia Romagna Rugby) – (emiliaromagnarugby.it/).
Nicola has always collaborated with many Centres of Rehabilitation in Parma and around Parma, and since 2016 he has managed his own professional centre called “Keiros”, in Parma. He works there with various specialists in the rehabilitation, diagnostic and clinical field, and he manages mainly sports rehabilitation clinical cases.
Since 1988 he has been a rescuer volunteer at the Public Assistance of Parma. This experience allowed him to increase his clinical skills in the field of the first aid in addition to the ability to use all the necessary and mandatory equipment (defibrillator, stretcher, immobilization systems, etc.). During these years of volunteering, he became the Head of education in the First Aid Courses and he became also the Team Leader in those first aid interventions on the area of Parma.