August – Visiting Professors
Visiting professors from Taiwan: Dr Lin Wei-Hsiu (National Chiayi University) and Dr Alex Li (National TsingHua University).
26th July – Graduation Convocation
Congratulations to Tay SiHui Cheryl, Teng Soek Po Phillis, and Cai Cong Cong on completing their PhD's degrees.
12th May – Sports Medicine Association Singapore (SMAS) Annual Symposium 2018
Our sports biomechanics team attended the Sports Medicine Association Singapore (SMAS) Annual Symposium 2018, and contributed 6 abstracts in the areas of sports and clinical biomechanics. Listed are the award winners:
Best Oral Research Presentation (Student Category)
1st prize - Lowell Chong. Comparison of jumping performance and biomechanics between flatfooted and neutral-arched basketball players.
3rd Prize - Leow Yixuan. Test-retest reliability of a smart sock system for measuring toe-grip function.
Best Poster Presentation (Open Category)
1st Prize – Dr Veni Kong. Trampoline training Induces similar Improvement in leg strength as resistance training.
13th April – The 6th Lau Teng Chuan (LTC) Physical Education and Sports Science Symposium
Best Poster Presentation Award
SSM and PESS students presented at the 6th Lau Teng Chuan (LTC) Physical Education and Sports Science Symposium. Two SSM students won the best poster presentation awards.
(a) Koh Hui Li, Alvina's poster titled "Effect of low-dye tape on ground reaction forces and comfort level in flat-footed female recreational runners" is supervised by Dr Veni Kong.
(b) Yam Jia Wen's poster titled "Biomechanical analysis of upper body movements between table tennis players with and without physical impairment" is supervised by Dr Veni Kong.
11th April 2018 – First National Biomechanics Day in Singapore
National Biomechanics Day (NBD) is a world-wide celebration of Biomechanics for high school students and teachers. Teaming up with Sport Singapore, Dr Veni Kong led 17 PESS Master and PhD students taking the module MES815 Sports Biomechanics to run NBD 2018 for the first time in Singapore. A total of 180 students and teachers from secondary schools, junior colleges and polytechnics participated in the NBD event at the Singapore Sport Institute to experience how biomechanics can enhance training and performance in sport.
21st February - Manuscript highlighted as Editor's Pick
The manuscript entitled "Kayaking Paddle Blade Compression Load Distribution Sensing System based on Optical Fiber with Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Membrane", published in Applied Optics, was highlighted as an Editor's Pick.
Editor's Picks serve to highlight articles with excellent scientific quality and are representative of the work taking place in a specific field.
3rd February - NIE Staff Awards 2017
Excellence in Research Award
Asst/P Tiago Barbosa from PESS is honoured for his research on the performance of elite athletes in time-based sports, with a focus on competitive swimming. His notable professional appointments include being a science and technology advisor on the Olympic Committee of Portugal, and serving the prestigious PLOS ONE journal as an Academic Editor in subject areas including swimming and sports and exercise medicine.
Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award
Assoc Prof Kong Pui Wah, Veni from PESS was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award. This award recognises the dedication and achievements of faculty members who display excellent teaching practices and enrich the learning experiences of their students. They inspire students through their passion for teaching and their care for their students' learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 oncompleting 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to our postgraduate students who have completed their journey in NIE.
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.
GPL Open House (1 March 2014)
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).
University of Twente
Raffles Girls' (Secondary) School
- 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.
International Table Tennis Federation
- Sports Biomechanics Enrichment Programme for 70 students from the Raffles Girls' (Secondary) School (2-3 October 2012)
- We hosted representatives from the International Table Tennis Federation, Switzerland (3 May 2012)
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
- 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
2009 – 2010
- 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
- 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