Dr Kong Pui Wah (Veni) is an Associate Professor in the Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She obtained her Ph.D. in 2005 at Loughborough University, with a focus on computer simulation modelling in sports. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (2005-2008) and a visiting faculty at the Emergency Responder Human Performance Lab, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2008-2009), prior to joining NTU Singapore in 2009. Her research expertise is biomechanics of human movement and she has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of sports and clinical biomechanics. Dr Kong is currently appointed as an Associate Editor for Sports Biomechanics and Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, and she serves on the editorial board for Research in Sports Medicine.
This talk will cover the use of technology in biomechanics research with examples in sports and clinical settings. Journeys from exploring existing technology to developing new methods will be shared. In the sport of kayaking, performance can be evaluated using equipment such as video camera, under-water camera, accelerometer, and commercially available instrumented paddles. Dr Kong’s team recently developed a kayak paddle prototype using optical fibre technology. This new approach allows scientists to experimentally measure the forces at different parts of the blade for first time. For clinical biomechanics, Dr Kong worked closely with podiatrists and engineers to develop new techniques for quantifying foot joint stiffness in patients. Providing objective measurements of foot mobility to supplement clinical examination may enhance the diagnosis and treatment of foot conditions.