Dr SUN Fenghua Bob

Environmental Correlates of Health-related Behaviors in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The International Network for Physical Activity and Disability (INPAD) Autism Study

[Strategic Research Development Fund 2020/21, Department of Health and Physical Education, EdUHK]

Abstract:

It is well documented that regular participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviors (usually represented as screen time) are respectively leading to a host of positive and negative outcomes in children and adolescents with autism (ASD). Meanwhile growing attention has been paid to understand the environmental determinants, such as neighborhood environments, home environments of physical activity and screen time. Apart from that, the multi-etiological nature of health outcomes is increasingly recognized. For example, the 24-hour movement guidelines recommend certain amounts of time should be spent in physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and sleep for health promotion. Meeting the recommended guidelines has been found to predict physical and mental health. Evidence, however, is limited about whether meeting the guidelines is associated with health outcomes in individuals with ASD. 
 
This research aims to investigate whether home and neighborhood environments would predict physical activity and screen time in adolescents with ASD across different countries. Also, whether meeting the 24-hours guidelines would predict bullying behaviors and overall health in the study groups will also be examined. The findings of the research are expected to provide valuable reference material in predicting the factors affecting the health of youth with ASD. They will also be helpful for educators and parents in formulating effective PE curriculum and/or PA related programmes for students with ASD.

Effect of Game-based High-Intensity Interval Training Program on the Executive Function of Children with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial

[General Research Fund 2020/21, Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong SAR]

Abstract:

The Test of Gross Motor Development 2 (TGMD-2) is currently the standard approach for assessing fundamental movement skills (FMS), including locomotor and object control skills. However, its extensive application is restricted by its low efficiency and requirement of expert training for large-scale evaluations. This study evaluated the accuracy of a newly-developed video-based classification system (VCS) with a markerless sensor to assess children’s locomotor skills. A total of 203 typically developing children aged three to eight years executed six locomotor skills, following the TGMD-2 guidelines. A Kinect v2 sensor was used to capture their activities, and videos were recorded for further evaluation by a trained rater. A series of computational kinematic-based algorithms were developed for instant performance rating. The VCS exhibited moderate to very good levels of agreement with the rater, ranging from 66.1% to 87.5%, for each skill, and 72.4% for descriptive ratings. Paired t-test revealed that there were no significant differences, but a significant positive correlation, between the standard scores determined by the two approaches. Tukey's mean difference plot suggested there was no bias, with a mean difference (SD) of -0.16 (1.8) and a respective 95% confidence interval of 3.5. The kappa agreement for the descriptive ratings between the two approaches was found to be moderate (k = 0.54, p < 0.01). Overall, the results suggest the VCS could potentially be an alternative to the conventional TGMD-2 assessment approach for assessing children’s locomotor skills without the necessity of the presence of an experienced rater for the administration.
 

Acute Effect of Brief Mindfulness-based Intervention for Athletes’ Recovery- a fNIRS Investigation

[Dean’s Research Fund 2019/20, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, EdUHK]

Abstract:
The proper recovery strategies adopted in half-time could help players get rid of their cognitive needs and re-fuel their physical strength. The current study investigated the acute effect of a brief mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) on athletes’ cognitive function after a 45-min lab-based soccer protocol. In a single-blinded randomized crossover design, seventeen male student-athletes completed two main trials, i.e., MBI trial or control trial. In MBI trial, a brief MBI audio was provided after the exercise protocol, while in the control trial, a travel audio was used after the exercise. In each main trial, cognitive function, salivary cortisol, blood lactate, and several subjective indicators were measured at baseline and posttest. The cerebral oxygenation status was recorded via functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) during the cognitive function test. Preliminary results revealed that adopting brief MBI after the exercise could benefit working memory performance in both reaction time and accuracy context, accompanied by the changes in oxygenated hemoglobin (O2Hb) concentration on specific brain areas. In addition, lower mental fatigue and salivary cortisol concentration were observed in MBI group than control group after the intervention. In conclusion, MBI may provide acute beneficial effects on cognitive function after the intervention, independent of cerebral oxygenation. 

Completed Projects since 2019

A Comparison of the Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Cognitive Function and Cardiometabolic Health of Young People in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom

[Seed Money for External Grant Pilot Proposal 2017/18, Department of Health and Physical Education, EdUHK]
 
The current literature demonstrates that physical activity and physical fitness levels are extremely low around the World and as a result of this young people may be compromising both their cognitive function and cardiometabolic health. However, the majority of the work focuses on either measuring physical activity in isolation or using cardiorespiratory fitness as a surrogate measure. A further advancement in this area of work would be to objectively measure physical activity, whilst also assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and to identify how these associates with markers of cognitive function and cardiometabolic health in different international samples. In addition, the common trend of decreasing physical activity with increasing age warrants further exploration and the relationship this has with cognitive function and cardiometabolic health is currently unknown. In the recent Global Matrix for Physical Activity and Health in Youth, both England and Hong Kong scored poor overall composite scores (20–39%), but a direct detailed comparison between young people in these countries has not been performed.
 
Therefore, the aims of this project were to address a number of novel and impactful research questions, as follows:
  • Are there differences in physical activity, physical fitness, cognitive function and cardiometabolic health between young people in HK and UK?
  • Do physical activity, physical fitness, cognitive function and cardiometabolic health differ between 11-12 and 14-15 years old?
  • How do physical activity and physical fitness affect cognitive function in young people?

Reliability and Validity of the Modified Chinese Version of the Netherlands Physical Activity Questionnaire for Young Children (NPAQ) in Assessing Physical Activity Behaviors in Preschool Children in Hong Kong

[Dean’s Research Fund - Individual Research Scheme (IRS) 2017/18, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, EdUHK]
 
Physical activity (PA) plays an important role on health management during childhood and in the whole life cycle. Netherlands Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ) has been widely used in western countries in assessing PA behaviors of preschool children. However, it seems that there is no Chinese version of NPAQ, and the validity and reliability of NPAQ among Chinese population are still questionable. This project aims to develop a Chinese version of NPAQ in assessing PA behaviors in preschool children in Hong Kong.
 
Totally 137 preschool children participated in the study. Data collection included measuring PA subjectively via NPAQ and objectively via accelerometer. The study found that boys spent more time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity than girls. The total score of NPAQ was positively correlated with children’s time spent in MVPA. Item 1 of the NPAQ refers to “my child prefers to play alone or play with other children,” was found to be significantly associated with MVPA at the weekend in boys. Item 7 of the NAPQ refers to “comparing to other peers, my child performs more physical activity,” was found to be positively correlated with children’s time spent in MVPA. For item 8, time spent in watching television was found to be positively correlated with children’s time participated in sedentary activity.

Dr. MA Wai Wing, Ada

Associate Professor & Head of Department
Research interests:
Health Education, Health Promotion, School Health, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Web-based Learning, Life-long Learning, Curriculum Innovations, Assessments, Textiles Education

Dr. SUN Fenghua, Bob

Assistant Professor & Associate Head of Department
Research interests:
• Nutritional and metabolic aspects of exercise
• Exercise, nutrition and body weight control
• Physical activity, nutrition and health promotion

Dr. OR Pui Lai, Peggy

Assistant Professor & Associate Head of Department
Research interests:
Infection control, Healthcare quality, school health, eLearning

Prof. CHENG Sheung-Tak

Chair Professor of Psychology and Gerontology
Research interests:
• Successful aging
• Elderly depression and suicide
• Dementia caregivers
• Social network
• Activity therapy

Prof. CHOW Hung Kay Daniel

Chair Professor of Health and Sports Science
Research interests: 
Movement Analysis, Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Sports Health, Christian Education

Dr. TSE Choi Yeung, Andy

Associate Professor
Research interests:
Andy’s primary research interest lies on the motor learning and impact of physical activity on psychological, cognitive and physical well-being in children with autism spectrum disorder.  He is also interested in motor development and the effect of free-play on overall quality of life in typically developing children. He recently initiates a new research project on the investigation of free-play participation among school-aged children. His research goal is to propose a lighthouse parenting strategy as a reasonable approach to build success among children.

Dr. CHOW Chi Ching, Gary

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
Sports recovery;
Postural control and sports;
Rugby Science;
Sports training invention;
Technology in Physical Education;
Generic skills and sports participation

Dr. CHUNG Ming Yan, Louisa

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
• Eat ing behaviour modification,
• teledietetics,
• nutrition education and knowledge transfer,
• physical fitness assessment in the community,
• glycemic index,
• exergaming for health

Dr. LEUNG Ka Man, Carman

Assistant Professor
Qualifications
B.Sci.(University of Hong Kong); M.Soc.Sci. (Hong Kong Baptist University);
MSci. (Boise State University); Ph.D. (Hong Kong Baptist University)
 
Areas of Teaching
Volleyball; Sport management; teaching and coaching in Physical Education
 
Research Interests
Older adult, children, environmental correlates to physical activity (especially walking),
light volleyball, sitting light volleyball (adapted physical activity), Esports, Physical activity promotion, physical activity measurement

Dr. LOUIE Hung Tak, Lobo

Senior Lecturer I
Qualifications:
Graduate Certificate in Sports & Recreation Management: Victoria University of Technology, Australia.
Doctor of Physical Education: Springfield College, USA.
Master of Science: Springfield College, USA.
Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Lauda): Springfield College, USA.
Advanced Teacher Certificate in Education (Physical Education): Grantham College of Education, Hong Kong.
Teacher Certificate: Northcote College of Education, Hong Kong.

Research interests:

Pediatric Exercise Science; Physical Activity; Outdoor Sports and Wilderness Experience

Mr. KAM Wai Keung, Kevin

Senior Lecturer I
Research interests:
Socio-cultural Studies in Sport and Physical Education, Curricular and Pedagogical Studies of Physical Education, Professional Development of PE Teachers, Physical Activity, Fitness and Health Promotion, Outdoor Adventure Education

Mr. CHAN Ching Yat, Roy

Senior Lecturer II
Qualifications
Master of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Master of Exercise Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Education (Hons.), The Hong Kong Institute of Education
 
Areas of Teaching
Sports and Exercise for Special Populations, Teaching Physical Education to Students with Special Needs, Theory and Practice of Team Ball Games, Theory and Practice of Racquet Games, Current Issues and controversies in Hong Kong School Physical Education
 
Research Interests
Adapted Physical Education, Physical Fitness of Person with Special Needs

Ms. TAM Sze Man, Simone

Lecturer I
Qualifications:
M.A. (Sports Studies), CUHK
PCEd. (Special Education), HKU
Teacher Cert. (P.E.), EdUHK
BSc. (Biochemistry), HKU
 
Areas of teaching:
Curriculum Planning and Pedagogy in Sports Science Education, Current Issues in Sports Science and Education , Teaching PE to students with Special Needs, Theory and Practice of Individual Physical Activities / Team Games
 
Research interests:
Fundamental Movement / Motor Performance of Young Children

Ms. WANG Sha

Lecturer I
Qualifications:
B.Ed. (Beijing Sports); M.Ed. (Beijing Sports)
 
Areas of teaching:
Gymnastics, Aerobics, Dance and Tai Chi
 
Research interests:
Gymnastics and Aerobics

Ms. CHAN Ka Man, Carmen

Lecturer II
Qualifications:
  • Certificate of Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level Two) (HKSSEP),
  • Bachelor of Health Education (Hons) (EdUHK),
  • MSocSc (Psychology) (Schools and Community Settings) (EdUHK).

Areas of teaching:
Physical Fitness Education, Child and Adolescent Health Education
 
Research interests:
Physical health & mental health, karate-do

Dr. HA Chui Wai Sophia

Lecturer II
Academic Qualifications:
  • BA (Physical Education and Recreation Management, HKBU)
  • MA (Gender Studies, CUHK)
  • PhD (Orthopaedics and Traumatology, CUHK)

Professional Qualifications:
  • Level I Swimming Teacher, Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association
  • Examination Leader, The Hong Kong Life Saving Association
  • Level I Shuttlecock Coach, Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association

 Areas of teaching:
  • Sport injuries
  • Sport management
  • Health promotion
  • Curriculum planning and pedagogy in sports science

Research interests:
  • Sport biomechanics
  • Sport injuries
  • Mechanisms of motor development and motor learning
  • Gait analysis

Professor Andrew G. CRESSWELL

Status and Qualification:
Head of School
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
The University of Queensland, Australia

Appointment Period:
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022

Prof Richard Irving TINNING

(Emeritus Professor of Pedagogy)
Status and Qualification:
Professor of Pedagogy & Physical Education, School of Human Movement Studies,
University of Queensland, Australia
And
Professor of Physical Education, School of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Appointment Period:
1 November 2021 to 31 October 2023

Prof Thomas WONG Kwok Shing

Status and Qualification:
RN, GRNC, Dip T (N Ed.), B Ed (Soc.), GD Instr. Uses Comp, MSc (IT), PhD, JP
President, Ginger Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy Limited
Kyorin Chair Professor, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
Distinguished Professor, Guangzhou Medical University

Appointment Period:
1 June 2021 to 31 May 2023

Dr LI Chung

Status and Qualifications:
Justice of Peace of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Adjunct Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(since 2015)

Appointment Period:
1 October 2021 to 30 September 2023

Prof Jeffrey WILKS

Status and Qualifications:
Psychologist (National Registration - Australia)
Health Psychologist (completing Specialist Registration)
Legal Practitioner (Admitted - New South Wales Supreme Court)

Appointment Period:
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021

Dr TSANG Fan Kwong

Status and Qualifications:
Specialist in Psychiatry in private practice

Appointment Period:
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022

Ms Patricia CHING

Status and Qualifications:
Senior Nurse Adviser of Infection Control at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital

Appointment Period:
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022

Dr CHOW Pui Yu Lina

Status and Qualifications:
PhD, MEd in Teacher Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(since 2015)

Appointment Period:
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022

Dr CRUZ Alberto

Status and Qualifications:
Doctor of Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(since 2018)

Appointment Period:
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022