As an athlete developer, I believe in achieving high athletic performance through an integrated multi-disciplinary approach for both athletes and coaches. To achieve this outcome, I strongly believe in investing in a long-term data-driven approach. To date, I have been fortunate to be able to marry my love for Coaching and Data Analytics, to boost sports performance.
As a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach for more than twelve years, I have coached athletes through the full spectrum from developmental youths to elite adults athletes.
As a Sports Science practitioner, I have worked in several sports science disciplines, and have served as a sports science coordinator for high performance athletes at the Olympic level.
As a Data Analyst, I am working towards combining machine learning and its integration with sports performance.
My experience is in the area of Biomechanics, Performance Analysis, Data Analytics and Strength and Conditioning.
An Eternal Student, “Always Learning, Always Growing”
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics, 2019
Edith Cowan University
Diploma in Islamic Studies, 2018
International Islamic University of Malaysia
IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition, 2016
Medical Commission of the International Olympic Commission (IOC)
Master of Sport and Exercise Science, 2013
Auckland University of Technology
Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science, 2010
Auckland University of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Sports Science, 2007
Edith Cowan University
Bachelor of General Studies, 2022
Singapore University of Social Science
Data Analysis Nanodegree, 2018
Pressure and force transducer/platform, ultrasound, electromyography (EMG), 3D printing
LabVIEW, ImageJ, Adobe Photoshop
I have been using VICON Nexus for 3D motion analysis alot of over the years, especially currently for my PhD. Currently however I have learned and helped to conduct studies using the XSens system.
Automation, Signal processing (e.g. 3D motion analysis, EMG etc), data wrangling and analysis and Creating Awesome Balls of Fire
I mainly use R for Data Analysis and Visualisation. An example can be seen in the Projects - Data Analysis
Over the years as a coach, I have accumulated thousands of spreadsheets, data etc. A few years ago, I started trying to organise them, especially when as Sports Science Coordinator, I had to consolidate data from different disciplines (e.g. YPIs, training programs, medical, physiological, nurtitrional plan, videos). This triggered my passion for database management. And as more coaches will tell you, the more information we have about the athelete, the better we can train them.
As a rugby coach, I am always interested in notational analysis, which is the study of strategy and tactics in team sports. I have recently published two such papers, one on hockey and one on water polo.
I have been a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the past 12 years. And have worked with a wide variety of athletes across the whole development spectrum
Other than Strength and Conditioning, I also coach Rugby, Athletics and Weightlifting
Emergency Medical Technician (Basic). I started out my sports science career as a Sports Masseur/Sports Trainer (i.e., first aider/rehabilitation assistant) and spent several years providing first aid, other medical support and rehabilitation to fellow athletes. Earning my Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) was a natural progression to achieve a higher level of skill and competency. And while I have moved into the area of Biomechanics, I make it a point to always maintain my currency and competency in these skills as I sincerly do enjoy doing it.
Australia Register of Exercise Professionals (AusREP). Level 3
My journey thus far….
The Athletic Training Competency (ATC), is the culmination, of more than 4 years of practical coaching experience and reinforced by numerous studies and observation that looked at the development of Singaporean youths at the Singapore Sports School. The results is a 4-5 years program long term physical development that is based on the youth’s biological maturity (pre-pubescent, pubescent and post-pubescent) and guided by their actual physical capabilities. The ATC is a guide on what to teach/coach and focus on for each individual athletes and can be used by any trained PE teacher or Strength and Conditioning Coach. It does not require any invasive determination of the youths’s biological maturation and instead depends on a fairly consistent tracking of the youths physical development (eg. height etc.). One of the best project that I had the honor of leading and working on.
Beyond Jump Height: Predicting your lower limb anatomical, mechanical and neuromuscular characteristics from the vertical jump.
Understanding the kinematics and kinetics of the countermovement jump from vertical ground reaction force data through the use of higher-order time derivatives
At the Singapore Sports School, we embraced the Long-Term Athletic Development Philosophy. However at that time, LTAD, was still largely empharical especially for Asian youths. I embarked on a project to try to understand the development of stretch shorten cycle across the different maturational stages (Pre, Pubescent and Post).
Created a youth-specific basic movement screening to assess, the movement and physical competency of the new students (aged 11 to 12) to the Singapore Sports School. The physical screening ensured that we were able to spot any deficiencies in basic movement patterns due to early specialisation in sports and/or lack of exposure to other basic movements. This helped to ensure a more even and holistic physical development and time for the students at the school.
Some of my initial projects that I embarked on to develop my Data Analysis skills using publicly availiable data
Research Question: Which chemical properties influence the quality of red wines? Background: Red Wine quality is graded by experts on a scale of 0 (very bad) to 10 (very excellent). To help understand what are the factors that determine the wine quality, the physicochemical properties of the wine was investigated. This is a qualititave measurement. By examining the physicochemical properties of wines of different grades, it might be possible to investigate whether there are factors or variables that can help determine the quality of red wine. This can help to quantify some of the grading process of the what is eitherwise a very qualitative measurement. This information in turn can be used in the future to help create a preliminary grading of wine quality (based on quantifiable measures) or something smiliar alomg that line.
In this project, I investigated a classic phenomenon from experimental psychology called the Stroop Effect.
Research Question: Is there a relationship between anthropometric data with baseball performance?
Teaching at Educational Institutes
The Story so Far…….
Summary * Ground Up - From Sports Massuer to Sports Scientist and PhD Candidate * Broad based and interdisciplinary * Deepening specialisation
1) Ground Up I am most proud of the fact that I started my journey in this industry from the ground up and through continuous upgrading and learning, rose through the ranks. I started as a Sports Masseur after compleing my Basic Sports Massage ourse. During my times as a Sports Masseur, I took additional course to upgrade myself such as the Sports Trainer cours, which allowed me to take additional roles and responsibilitities such as Sports Trainer to sports teams in Singapore. During my 3 years as a Sports Trainer, I completed my undergrdaute degree in Science (Sports Science).
Upon completion, I took on the role of Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Singapore Sports School for more than 6 years, in which I completed 2 post-graduate degrees as a full-time student while working full-time at the Singapore Sports School. I am especially proud of my Masters by Research, in which I was able to conduct a research project on the development of stretch shortening cycle in youths across different biological maturation. During this time, I also expanded my knowledge and skills in the area of notational and performance analysis. These provided me a complimentary skills and allowed me to see sports science and training from a more holistic point of view.