Sports Biomechanics Laboratory

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    Located at the National Institute of Education (NIE), the Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is a well-equipped laboratory dedicated to research and teaching. With our state-of-the-art facilities and close collaboration with schools, hospitals and industrial partners, our research team conducts sports biomechanics and human movement research using both experimental and theoretical modelling approaches.

    We conduct classes for NIE pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as students from the NTU Sport Science and Management degree programme. Classes are also catered for students pursuing the Masters or PhD programmes. In addition, we provide mentorships for students attending secondary schools, junior colleges and polytechnics under various research outreach programmes.

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    We run classes for NIE pre-service and in-service teachers, Master of Science (Exercise and Sport Studies), as well as the NTU Sport Science and Management degree programme.

    NIE Teacher Training Courses:

    • APA10C Anatomical & Biomechanical Foundations of Physical Activity
    • APA33B Quantitative Methods in Biomechanics
    • APA43B Biomechanics in Sport
    • DPA10C/QPA50C/QPC52C/IPE3103 Anatomical & Biomechanical Foundations of Physical Activity 

    Master of Science (Exercise and Sport Studies) Courses:

    • MES814 Neuromuscular Biomechanics
    • MES815 Sport Biomechanics

    NTU Sport Science & Management Courses:

    • SS1101 Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • SS2102 Introduction to Sport Biomechanics
    • SS3211 Experimental Biomechanics
    • SS3212 Analytical Biomechanics
    • SS4002 Final Year Project
  • 2017

    18th - 19th November - TSBS conference

    PESS staff and students presented at the 2017 Taiwan Society of Biomechanics in Sports Annual Conference. The students made one oral and three poster presentations. Listed are the contributions made by the PESS group: 
    (a) Dr Kong delivered a keynote speech on low back pain in runners. 
    (b) Cheryl Tay, a PhD student of PESS clinched the "Outstanding Oral Presentation Award" for her presentation titled "Skill level comparisons of stroke parameters for kayak crews using instrumented paddle system".   
    (c) Leow Yixuan, a NTU undergraduate research student presented a poster on foot biomechanics. 

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    13th - 14th November - Asian Youth Sport Symposium, Singapore

    PESS biomechanics staff and students attended the Asian Youth Sport Symposium 2017 which was held locally. A total of three oral and two poster presentations on sports and gait biomechanics were made by our group. 

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    8th November - Education Research 

    Two NIE students received the Dean's Commendation for Undergraduate Education Research for their biomechanics research projects. Details of the students projects are as listed: 

    (a) Habibah Najihahbi Binte Ahmad's research titled "The impact of the backpack relative weight on the pupils' gait" is supervised by Dr Cabral dos Santos Barbosa Tiago Manuel.


    (b) Nur Halimah Binte Mohamed Ramlee's research titled "School athletes in two-seater sprint kayaks – Does seat order matter?" is supervised by Dr Veni Kong Pui Wah.

    28th October 

    Cheryl Tay, a PhD candidate of PESS shared her doctoral research via a presentation titled "Measuring crew boat sprint kayaking stroke parameters with instrumented paddle systems" at the Graduate Student Conference 2017, National Institute Education, Nanyang Technological University.

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    10th October 

    A group of NTU's Sport Science and Management students visited the Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Center for Geriatric Medicine to learn about an ongoing intervention study on gait of the older adults with a history of falls. Students were introduced to the research staff, who provided detailed information about the intervention methods and equipment used in the research project. 


    Congratulations to Kelvin Chua Yaohui for completing his Master's degree by research.




    Congratulations to our Year 4 Sport Science & Management undergraduate, Tay Zhong Ming, for winning the best poster award under the Sport Science category in the recently concluded Lau Teng Chuan Symposium. His research study was on the Effects of Trampoline Training on Balance.

    Three of our Year 2 undergraduate students from the Sport Science & Management degree programme presented their research on the Effects of Strength Training as part of their Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) project.




    Our biomechanics PhD students, Cheryl Tay and Cai Congcong presented their papers at the recent Graduate Student Conference 2016. Cheryl Tay also participated in the 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition, presenting on the Effects of Seat Order in Crew-Boat Sprint Kayaking, walking away with the 1st prize.
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    Our sports biomechanics team (pictured below) attended the recently concluded International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports held in Tsukuba, Japan:

    This is an annual conference organized by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS). The following topics were presented by our team:

    1) Comparison of three exercise therapies for recreational runners with chronic low back pain.
    2) Effects of massage on post-exercise muscle stiffness: preliminary findings.
    3) Side-to-side asymmetry of landing kinetics in heavy and light basketball players during a drop landing.
    4) Consistency in stroke synchronisation patterns of crew-boat (k2) sprint kayaking over a four-week period.


    Our sports biomechanics team (pictured below) attended the Sports Medicine Association of Singapore (SMAS) annual symposium 2016. This event was graced by over a hundred local and overseas sports medicine professionals as well as sports science practitioners.
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    In the scientific poster presentation, our PhD candidate, Darren Nin (pictured below with his supervisor, Assoc. Prof. Veni Kong), clinched the second runners-up position with topic titled: Hamstrings Muscle Architecture and Viscoelastic Properties in a Previously-Injured Athlete.

    SMAS 2016



    Congratulations to our postgraduate students who have completed their journey in NIE.

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    Our biomechanics team (pictured below) presented in the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics held in Glasgow.




    In the 5th Conference of the Asian Society of Sport Biomechanics (ASSB) held in Taipei, Taiwan, our biomechanics team (pictured below) won awards in both oral and poster presentations. The award winning papers were research work performed by our PhD student and graduates from the Sport Science & Management degree programme (Cheryl Tay, Lim Chen Yen, Raymond Quek) based on their Final Year Projects. The ASSB conference has over 160 delegates from the US, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore



    Dr Tiago BARBOSA has recently won the International Swimming Research of the Year. This award was determined by the members of the International Society of Swimming Coaching (ISOSC) in recognition of excellent scientific research in swimming.

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    Dr Matthew Pain from Loughborough University (12-13 Dec 2013)

    Dr Matthew Pain (Reader in Biomechanics) from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University conducted a two-day short course on Human Response to Impacts in Sport for staffs and students of the Institute for Sports Research (ISR). 

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    • Wendy Balster, a Masters student from the University of Twente (Netherlands) was attached to the Sports Biomechanics Laboratory for her internship (September - November 2013). She studied the effect of squat depth on vertical jump performance and helped in the other research projects conducted in the lab.
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    • Sports Biomechanics Enrichment Programme for 70 students from the Raffles Girls' (Secondary) School (2-3 October 2012)  
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    • We hosted representatives from the International Table Tennis Federation, Switzerland (3 May 2012) 
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    Nanyang Research Programme

    In support of the Nanyang Research Programme (NRP) organised by the NTU Talent Outreach Section, we continue to mentor secondary school and junior college students on research projects in sports and exercise sciences.

    • Miss Ooi Chit Yee, Miss Sim Yi Jie (Dunnan High School). Project title: Is our green man time too short for elderly pedestrian in Singapore
    • Goh Wan Xi (River Valley High School). Project title: Measuring foot structure and footwear habit in Singapore school children.

    • Leung Sin Yung (River Valley High School). Project title: Handstand techniques in two hand positions
    • Wen Quanlin (H3 Project, Hwa Chong Institution [College]). Project title: An objective method to evaluate cartwheel performance.

    Science Mentorship Programme

    We mentor secondary school students on science projects under the Science Mentorship Programme (SWP), Ministry of Education Gifted Education Branch

    2010 – 2011
    • Anita Chan An Lin, Angela Chan An Qi, Ni Nengyi (Nanyang Girls' High School). Project title: A new technique to improve standing broad jump performance.
    •  Alfred Pang Chuan Hong, Lee Wen Jun, Ng Jian Xiong (Commonwealth Secondary School). Project title: Standing broad jump: One arm swing versus multiple arm swings
    2009 – 2010
    • Koh Tze Minn Claudia, Tan Wei Chyi Rae-Ann, Wang Yu Shi (Raffles Girls' School [Secondary]). Project title: Do you know how fast you are running

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    Biom People VK  Dr KONG Pui Wah, Veni (Email:

    Biome People JT  Dr TAN Cher Chay, John (Email:

    Tiago  Dr Tiago BARBOSA (Email:


    Biom People_JOMs ONG Lee Choo, Judy (Email: Phone: 6790 3715/3716)


      Pan Jingwen (PhD student, 2018 - present) 

      Nin Zijie Darren (PhD student, 2014 – present)

    • "Hamstring Strain Injuries: Risk Factors and Evaluation of a Training Programme"

      Tay SiHui Cheryl (PhD student, 2013 – present)

    • "Paddling Synchronisation in Team Boat Sprint Kayaking"


    Teng Soek Po Phillis (PhD, 2017)

    • "Investigation of Foot Landing Techniques and Muscle Activation During Single-Leg Drop Landings: Implications for Non-Contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries"

    Cai Cong Cong (PhD, 2017)

    • "Exercise Therapy for Runners with Non-specific Chronic Low Back Pain - Back or Lower Limb Training?"

    Malia Ho Tsai Djun (PhD, 2017)

    • "The Effect of Foot Structure and Functional Foot Stability on Running Gait Pattern of the Foot"

    Kelvin Chua (Msc by Research, 2017)

    • "Effects of Massage on Muscle Viscoelastic Properties"
    Tong Weng Kong, Jasper (PhD, 2015)
    • "Longitudinal Study on the Foot Development of School Children"
    Heng Li-wen Marabelle (MSc by Research, 2015)
    • "Mobility and Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) in Persons with Flat Foot: A Case Control Study"
    Tay Lay Hian (MSc by Research, 2013)

    Ian Harris Sujae (PhD, 2012)

    Julian Lim Jit Hwee (MSc by Research, 2012)
    • "The Application of Strength-Power Potentiating Complexes in Athletic Performance"


  • Our team works closely with local and international partners to conduct multi-disciplinary research.


    • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, JurongHealth
    • Singapore General Hospital
    • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
    • KK Women's and Children's Hospital
    • Sport Singapore
    • Singapore Sports Institute
    • DSO National Laboratories
    • Institute for Sports Research
    • Singapore Polytechnic
    • Jurong Primary School
    • Rulang Primary School


    • Shimano Inc., Japan
    • Xtep Company Limited, China
    • Li Ning Sports Science Research Centre, Beijing, China
    • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
    • Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (CIDESD), Portgual
    • The Cooper Institute, USA
    • Kyungpook National University, South Korea
    • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    • Loughborough University, United Kingdom
    • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
    • University at Buffalo, USA
    • University of Texas at El Paso, USA
    • Univesity of Beira Interior, Portugal
    • Univesity of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal
    • University of Évora, Portugal
    • University Institute of Maia, Portugal
    • University of Porto, Portugal
    • Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
    • Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal
    • Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Portugal
    • University of Montes Claros-Unimontes, Brazil
    • University of Rouen, France 
    • Pablo de Olavide University, Spain 
    • Public University of Navarre, Spain
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    Getting Here

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    The Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is located at NIE Block 5 Level B3 (just beside the tennis courts).

    NIE5-B3-01, 1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616

    By Public Transport

    If you travel by public transport, take bus service number 199 from Boon Lay Bus Interchange. Alight at the bus stop (ID: 27041) in front of the basketball court and walk along the sheltered walkway to reach the laboratory.

    By Driving

    The nearest car parks to the Sports Biomechanics Laboratory are Car Park 5 and Car Park 7.

    Contact Us

    If you have any other queries, do contact us at 6790 3716 (Ms. Judy or Mr. Kelvin) or email Dr. Veni Kong at puiwah.kong@nie.edusg.