Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Kong Pui Wah
Associate Dean, Research Grants Management, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
Associate Professor, National Institute of Education - Physical Education & Sports Science
Dr Veni Kong is the Associate Dean for Research Grants Management at NIE’s Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning. She is also an Associate Professor at the Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group.


She obtained her BEd (first class honour) in Physical Education and Sports Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She went on to study at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom for her MSc in Sports Science (Distinction) and PhD in Sports Biomechanics. Prior to joining NTU, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and a visiting faculty member at the Emergency Responder Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Dr Kong teaches graduate, undergraduate and teacher-training courses related to biomechanics, anatomy and gymnastics. She received MOE’s Outstanding Mentor Award in 2010, NTU’s Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award in 2014, and NIE’s Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award in 2017.


Her research interests include sports and clinical biomechanics, with applications in human performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (FISBS). She is currently an Associate Editor for Sports Biomechanics and Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology. She also serves on the editorial board for Research in Sports Medicine and Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness.
Dr Kong had led research projects on high-performance sports, gait, footwear, foot health, low back pain, massage, and sports injuries. She conducted laboratory experiments and field tests on well-trained athletes, school children, older adults, firefighters, paramedics, military personnel, and patients with various musculoskeletal heath conditions. She worked closely with hospitals, clinics, government agencies and industrial partners to conduct inter-disciplinary research that can impact the society.


She supervised a team of PhD, Master and undergraduate students at the NIE Sports Biomechanics Laboratory which has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for biomechanical investigation of human movements. She has extensive research experience and technical expertise in kinematics, forces, muscle activation, strength, plantar pressure, muscle viscoelastic properties, and muscle architecture. Her research on computer simulation models of springboard diving has received international awards, including those from the International Sports Engineering Association and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Many of her students have won presentation awards at local and international conferences such as the Sports Medicine Association Singapore Annual Symposium and the Asian Society of Sport Biomechanics Conference.
 
  • Back Care Study for Singapore Civil Defence Force Emergency Responders
  • Understanding the break shot of 9-ball in billiards through experimental and theoretical approaches
  • Treadmill Running Analysis Model (TRAM) for Injury Management
  • Do Outcome Success, Gender and Motivation Influence Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Assessment'
  • Biomechanical Effects of Exoskeleton
Awards
Academic Honours and Awards
• 2020 Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (FISBS)
• 2017 Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award NIE, NTU
• 2014 Recipient, Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award NTU
• 2010 Recipient, Outstanding Mentor Award MOE
• 2005 Recipient, Outstanding Alumni Award The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
• 2003 Recipient, International Society of Biomechanics Student Dissertation Award
• 2001-2004 Recipient,Loughborough University Faculty studentship, United Kingdom
• 2002-2004 Recipient, Overseas Research Student Award United Kingdom
• 2000 Recipient, Outstanding Graduate Academic Award The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
• 1999 Recipient,Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong Scholarship Hong Kong
• 1998 Recipient,Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship Hong Kong

Research Awards / Recognition
• 2021 Best Oral Presentation Award, Asian Society of Sport Biomechanics Conference, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
• 2018 Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, Taiwan Society of Sports Biomechanics Conference, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
• 2018 Best Poster Presentation, 1st Prize, Sports Medicine Association Singapore (SMAS) Annual Symposium.
• 2018 Best Oral Research Presentation, 1st Prize, Sports Medicine Association Singapore (SMAS) Annual Symposium.
• 2018 Best Oral Research Presentation, 3rd Prize, Sports Medicine Association Singapore (SMAS) Annual Symposium.
• 2018 Editor's Picks, Applied Optics. [Manuscript title: "Kayaking Paddle Blade Compression Load Distribution Sensing System based on Optical Fiber with Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Membrane"]
• 2017 Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, Taiwan Society of Sports Biomechanics Conference, 2017.
• 2016 Best Poster Award (3rd Prize), Sports Medicine Association of Singapore Annual Symposium.
• 2014 Excellent Oral Paper Award, 5th Conference of the Asian Society of Sport Biomechanics.
• 2014 Excellent Poster Paper Award, 5th Conference of the Asian Society of Sport Biomechanics.
• 2010 Editor’s Selection, International SportMed Journal, 2010 Vol 11 Issue 2
• 2004 Andrzej J. Komor New Investigator Award, 5th International Engineering of Sport Conference, USA
• 2004 The best oral presentation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference, UK
 
Fellowships & Other Recognition
2020 Fellow of International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (FISBS)
 
Courses Taught
MES904 - Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

SS3211 - Experimental Biomechanics

SS3212 - Analytical Biomechanics

APA33B - Quantitative Methods in Biomechanics

DPC10E/IPE3114 - Curriculum Gymnastics
 
Supervision of PhD Students
Tong Weng Kong, Jasper (2016): Longitudinal study on the foot development of school children

Cai Cong Cong (2017): Exercise therapy for runners with chronic low back pain – back or lower limb training?

Teng Soek Po, Phillis (2017): Investigation of foot landing techniques and muscle activation during single-leg drop landings: Implications for non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries

Tay Sihui Cheryl (2018): Towards an understanding of crew boat sprint kayaking: On-water investigations of stroke synchronisation, seat order, and performance

Nin Zijie Darren (2019): Hamstring strain injuries: Understanding risk factors and intervention strategies