Sports Medicine Association Singapore (SMAS) is the registered society for Sports Medicine and Sports Science professionals in Singapore. Our members represent and embody the multi-disciplinary spirit that is key to the specialty. Our integrated community includes doctors, physiotherapists, podiatrists, sports nutritionists and dieticians, exercise physiologists, sports scientists and sports psychologists. We are a non-profit organisation committed to the promotion of quality Sports Medicine and Sports Science education to the sporting community in Singapore and beyond. c/o Department of Sport & Exercise Medicine, Changi General Hospital, 2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889
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Sports Medicine Series Sep ’20: Technology in Sport


Technology in the sporting sphere has become an integral tool in enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injuries. In this webinar we will hear from a medical doctor who is also an accomplished marathon runner (personal best of 2 hrs 41 mins) to get both perspectives as a doctor and also as a competitive athlete in terms of the technology in running shoes and what it means for the runner. We will also hear from the Head of Biomechanics in the Singapore Sports Institute and the use of technology they use for our Team Singapore Athletes to get that extra edge in training and competition.



Dr. Derek Li

Dr. Derek is a family physician with Raffles Medical Group. He studied medicine at the University of Oxford, and subsequently did his housemanship in Singapore before joining Raffles Medical Group in 2011. His interest in endurance sports started in University where he was part of the XC and Triathlon teams, and he had a special interest in exercise and high altitude physiology during his pre-clinical studies. He started doing marathons in 2013, and has since done numerous overseas marathons including Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, London and NYC. He represented Singapore at the Macau International Marathon in 2014, and currently holds a personal best of 2:41, set at the 2017 Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

Talk Synopsis:

There have been changes to running shoe trends over the last 8 years, in terms of geometry, componentry (e.g. use of embedded plates), and materials used. All these trends have influenced changes in perspectives on running stride patterns. These will consequently have a downstream effect on our clinical practice in terms of the prevalence of running injury subtypes. We will highlight a few of these injuries and how we may go about addressing them.


Dr. Marcus Lee

Dr. Marcus leads the Sport Biomechanics Team in the Singapore Sport Institute. He completed his PhD in Biomechanics and Motor Control, and a post-doctoral research fellowship in Public Health at The University of Western Australia. He is a director on the board of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. He manages the Biomechanics support provided to Team Singapore coaches and athletes across a range of sports, and is interested in how vision and movement contribute to skilled action and injury prevention. He is passionate about teaching and research, and most importantly, helping Singaporeans to Live Better Through Sports.

Talk Synopsis:

In the 100 m sprint at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Usain Bolt clocked a timing of 9.81 s to clinch the gold medal while Justin Gatlin clocked 9.89 s to clinch the silver medal. The time difference of 0.08 s represents a difference of less than 1% between the performances of the 2 sprinters. A gold and silver medal in high performance sport is often separated by a performance difference of 1-3%. Technology advancements have allowed for such small differences in performances to be measured accurately. How can we also leverage on technology and science to help our athletes to improve by 1-3% or even more? I will be sharing about important considerations to make when using technology for athlete monitoring, some examples of how your mobile phone is a powerful piece of technology that you can readily use to help your athletes and patients, and some stories of various technology that has been used to help Team Singapore athletes to be the best that they can be.


Mr. Kenichi Harano

Mr. Kenichi Harano is the Executive Officer, Senior General Manager from ASICS Institute of Sport Science. For the past 20 years, Mr. Harano has been conducting in-depth research, developing and refining the technology of ASICS shoes. He is the brains behind the material and structural designs that have captivated athletes, inventing countless patents for ASICS shoe manufacturing methods and components, such as the foamed sole and shoe.

Talk Synopsis:

For our Sports Medicine Series, Mr. Harano will expound upon the Human-Centric Science behind ASICS’ designing policy and principles, and elaborate on the latest ASICS products and services, like the Energy Saving Concept and Smart Shoes.