Ongoing Research Projects
Swimming research

    A Portable Device for Clinical Assessment of Foot Mobility and Toe Grip Function

    This study will develop a portable device for clinical foot assessment using optical fibre technology. After successful evaluation of the device, it will be used on a clinical study to examine joint stiff and toe grip function on patients in the hospital.

    Principal Investigator
    : Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni

    Co-Investigator: Dr. Julian CHAN (SCBE, NTU)

    Collaborators: Ms. Marabelle HENG (SGH), Dr. Priathashini KRISHNASAMY (TTSH), Dr Daniel FONG (Loughborough University)




    Post-exercise Muscle Viscoelastic Properties

    This study will compare different recovery strategies after downhill running on muscle viscoelastic properties (e.g. stiffness). Subjects will be followed up for 5 days post-exercise to monitor their progress of recovery from muscle damage.

    Student: Mr. Kelvin CHUA

    : Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni, and Dr. KAWABATA Masato

    : Dr. Steven BURNS

    : Mr. CAI Congcong (Ng Teng Fong General Hospital)

    : Singapore Sports Science & Technology Research Grant

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    Instrumented Kayak Paddle Using Optical Fiber Technology

    This study will apply optical fiber technology to develop a measurement system for kayaking. Optical fibers with sensors will be attached to the paddle shaft and blade to measure handgrip and blade pressure concurrently.

    Principal Investigator:  Dr. Julian CHAN (SCBE, NTU)

    Co-Investigators: Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni, and Dr. ONG Fook Rhu (Singapore Polytechnic)

    Funding: Singapore Sports Science & Technology Research Grant





    Synchronisation in crew-boat sprint kayaking

    PhD Student
    : Ms. Cheryl TAY

    : Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni




    Effects of Acupuncture on Muscular Strength, Power, and Endurance

    The purpose of this study is to examine the acute and short term (8 sessions) effects of acupuncture on muscular strength, power, and endurance on young healthy individuals. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the two treatment groups: acupuncture or sham. For the acupuncture group, bilateral needling was administered at Zusanli (ST-36; A1 in figure), Yanglingquan (GB-34; A2 in figure) and Quchi (LI-11; A3 in figure). For the sham group, bilateral needling was administered on non-acupoints ~ 1 cun (~25 mm) away from the corresponding acupoints (S1, S2 and S3 in figure) as administered in the acupuncture group.
    Undergraduate student: Ms. YEO Qiu Han Hazel (School of Biological Sciences)

    Dr. YANG Yifan (PESS) and Dr. ZHAO Yan (School of Biological Sciences)



    Effects of Hand Placement Positions on Handstand Techniques and Stability

    The handstand is an important skill in gymnastics. Understanding the influence of hand position on handstand stability may facilitate learning and enhance performance. This study compared two different hand positions: fingers forward and fingers outwards. The technique and stability of the handstand and press-to-handstand were examined using video and centre of pressure analysis.

    Principal Investigator:
    Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni

    Dr. HAN Yoon Soon (Kyungpook National University, South Korea)

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    Does a Deep Squat Position Improve Jump Performance? A Training Study

    The vertical jump height achieved in flight is determined by the impulse generated during the ground contact for standing jumps. Adopting a deeper squat position may potentially enhance jumping performance due to the longer time available for muscles to generate force. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a deep squat depth can improve vertical counter-movement jump height as predicted by theoretical models after a training period for neuromusclar adaptation.

    Undergraduate student:
    Ms. LIM Xue Er Cheryl (SSM, class of 2013)

    Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni

    *This project is under the NTU Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme.

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    Investigation of a Discrete Degenerate Multi-articular Action Exemplified in a Table Tennis Task: A Dynamical Systems Perspective

    The purpose of the study is to examine a discrete multi-articular task (table-tennis) from a Dynamical Systems Theory perspective in the area of Motor Control and Learning. The key research question for this PhD programme of work is to identify the features and phenomena of dynamical systems previously seen and examined from rhythmic and continuous movement tasks using biomechanical motion capture systems. In addition to the theoretical contribution, the practical significance of this work lies in the relevance to informing practitioners on the potential benefit of enhancing pedagogical and coaching approaches in improving coordination of the table-tennis strokes.

    PhD Student:
    Mr. Wan Rizal Bin WAN ZAKARIAH (2010 – present)

    Supervisor: Dr. CHOW Jia Yi

    The Effect of Task Constraints for Skill Acquisition from a Nonlinear Pedagogical Perspective

    This PhD programme of study attempts to investigate the effect of different instructional constraints (focus of attention instructions) in impacting the acquisition of a multi-articular upper body action (i.e., the badminton underarm forehand serve) in Motor Control and Learning. The use of the 3D motion capture system in the biomechanics laboratory allows coordination of the movement to be modeled and examined. The work is supported by a start-up research grant from the Office of Education Research (OER) in NIE.  

    PhD Student: Mr. Shawn PEH Yi Ching (2010 – present)

    Dr. CHOW Jia Yi 

    Foot Position and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk

    This study takes a fresh perspective to examine Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury risks from foot positioning techniques. Results will provide insights into better injury prevention methods.

    Students:  Mdm. Teng Soek Po Phillis (PhD), and Mr. Bai Jinhao (SSM, class of 2014)

    A/P Leong Kah Fai (MAE, NTU), and Dr. Kong Pui Wah, Veni

    Institute for Sports Research (ISR)

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    Foot Mobility and Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)

    The purpose of this study is to investigate whether foot hypermobility is associated with PTTD in flat footed persons using a novel technique to quantify stiffness.

    Student: Ms. HENG Li-Wen Marabelle (MSc by Research, class of 2015)

    Dr. KONG Pui Wah, Veni

    Dr. Priathashini KRISHNASAMY (TTSH)

    Funding: MOE Academic Research Fund Tier 1

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