Congratulations Associate Professor Kong Pui Wah for your outstanding contribution in Biomechanic Sports!
Monday, 13 July 2020
Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (FISBS) 2020
Congratulations Associate Professor Kong Pui Wah for her recognition as a Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (FISBS) 2020!
The Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (FISBS) recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in biomechanics related to sports for years. The ISBS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas for sports biomechanics researchers, coaches and teachers. It also serves to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners, as well as gather and disseminate information and materials on biomechanics in sports.
How do you feel about winning this award?
I am very honoured to be one of the three recipients of FISBS this year. It is a nice recognition! I want to thank my mentors, colleagues, and students who supported and motivated me in my journey in sports biomechanics.
What are some words of encouragement for students/colleagues?
I have been very fortunate to work in the field which I have a lot of passion in. At the university, I teach classes, mentor students, and conduct research in sports biomechanics. I also serve as Associate Editors for Sports Biomechanics and Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology. Being able to contribute to a field that I love gives me energy and keeps me motivated. If you have the opportunities, I would strongly encourage you to choose a path that you are excited about. Chase for your dream!
What are some of your projects/developments in biomechanics that we can look forward to?
At the NIE Sports Biomechanics Laboratory, we are actively conducting biomechanical research with sports and clinical applications. We are currently working with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to develop effective exercise training programmes for emergency responders. We are also looking at how clinical pilates can be implemented to treat patients with lower back pain. For sports performance, we are examining how players execute good cueing techniques in the game of billiards. There is a great variety of student projects such as those on combat footwear, global position system (GPS), shooting accuracy, and sprinting biomechanics.
Who is your biggest role model thus far? And why?
I can’t think of one particular person whom I model after. There are specific aspects of many people that I admire and learn from. For example, one colleague taught me the value of serving in the university and the greater community: “If no one sits on committees, the university won’t run.” A senior professor who is a renowned researcher advised me that in order to find time for research, “you really have to want to do it”.
To learn more about the award and the list of recipients, log on to https://isbs.org/awards?start=4