Sforzesco Online Course

Prescription and construction 

of the Sforzesco brace – SPoRT concept

Edition 2022 closed!

ISICO offers the first international online Course that deals in-depth and practically with the construction (and prescription) of the Sforzesco brace, the first brace of the category super-rigid recently proposed in the SOSORT-SRS-ISPO-POSNA Braces Classification. The Sforzesco brace is also the first brace based on the upwards pushing action according to the SPoRT concept (Symmetric Patient-oriented Rigid Threedimensional); it introduces the concept of slope and corrective drivers.

In the past, we have already offered this course in many editions as an in-person learning experience for CPOs (Certified Prosthetist-Orthotists) and Physicians working in the Italian national territory. Now, we are ready to reach a much broader audience thanks to the e-learning tools we have been successfully using since 2016 for our International Master “Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment (PPSCT)”.

The starting point of the Course is the presentation of the Sforzesco brace in its evolution from the first years of application to the current relevant innovations, accompanied and supported by the results of research in ISICO, published in indexed international literature. A general explanation of the SPoRT concept, its construction principles, and the practical application closes the first part.

It is accompanied by several lectures held directly by CPOs who collaborate with ISICO in the realization of the Sforzesco braces, on the various technical and practical aspects to be taken into account during the design and the fabrication, presented first under their theoretical aspects and then in the job implementation carried out in the orthopaedic workshop through many videos and examples.

The course is divided into three modules with recorded video lectures on the specific topics of each module. A Live lecture closes each module and makes the point with real clinical cases.

For those interested, there will be an optional personalized module to build three Sforzesco braces in the own orthopaedic workshop under the tutorship of one of our experienced CPOs, remotely connected.

This learning opportunity aims to spread the direct experience that ISICO has gathered in these 19 years of clinical practice applied to over 10,000 patients wearing our braces.

The basis of the decision to offer a decidedly “practical” online course on the prescription and realization of an orthosis was the very positive experience of the International Master Online, intended primarily for physicians and focused on the Principles and Practice of Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis, to manage their patients according to evidence-based medicine (EBM). That online Master course has now reached its 7th edition in English, its 3rd edition in Chinese, and from this year, we are welcoming the 1st edition in Spanish.

This Course is primarily addressed to CPOs engaged in constructing these braces and Physicians prescribing braces for patients affected by vertebral deformities.


Scientific Directors of the Course

Stefano Negrini (ISICO), Guerrino Rosellini (ITOP)


Monia Lusini – MD, Orthopedic Surgeon – ISICO
Stefano Negrini – MD, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine specialist – ISICO – Sforzesco brace developer
Fabio Zaina – MD, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine specialist – ISICO

Domenico Pallini – CPO – IMAR Pescara
Guerrino Rosellini – CPO – ITOP Palestrina/Roma
Daniele De Maldè – CPO – ITOP Palestrina/Roma
Fabrizio Tessadri – CPO – Orthotecnica Trento

Module 1

18/05/2022 – 08/06/2022

1 – Physician: The Sforzesco Brace  –  Historical notes and basic principles
2 – CPO: The Sforzesco Brace: basis of the brace design
3 – Physician: The Sforzesco Brace  –  Evidence
4 – CPO: The building process
5 – Physician: Construction principles and variants
6 – CPO: The Sforzesco brace variants: how to build them

Live Lecture 08/06/2022   Questions & Answers  –  Clinical Cases

(from 1 pm to 2.30 pm CET — Central European Time)

Module 2

08/06/2022 – 29/06/2022

  7 – Physician: Frontal plane: Theory
  8 – Physician: Frontal plane Clinical cases and examples
  9 – CPO: Thoracic Curves: Design and results
10 – Physician: Sagittal plane: Theory
11 – Physician: Sagittal plane Clinical cases and examples
12 – CPO: Examples of thoracic and lumbar curves: Design and Results
13 – Physician: horizontal plane: Theory with clinical cases and examples
14 – CPO:  Lumbar Curves: Design and results

Live Lecture 29/06/2022     Questions & Answers  – Clinical Cases

(from 1 pm to 2.30 pm CET — Central European Time)

Module 3

29/06/2022 – 20/07/2022

15 – Physician: Construction of a Sforzesco brace  –  Common errors
16 – CPO: Building a Sforzesco brace – Common design and building errors
17 – Physician: Differences with the other braces  –  Classification of braces and concepts
18 – CPO: Practical differences with the other braces
19 – Physician: The brace check  –  What to verify and why
20 – CPO: How to correct at the brace check
21 – Physician: Protocols and application
22 – The CPO’s Management of the patient

Live lecture 20/07/2022    Questions & Answers – Clinical Cases

(from 1 pm to 2.30 pm CET — Central European Time)

Registration for the edition 2022 is closed!