Sports Science

Water therapies and workouts

Water therapies and workouts

Six months ago, the unthinkable happened to Cecelia Tam. A passionate runner, she became bored of pounding the pavement and could no longer face the wear and tear on her joints.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 9:59am

'The Needleman' delivers painful remedy for injuries

Alain Chu

In a clinic a short stroll from Mong Kok MTR station, Jeremy Ritcey yelps in pain. "That was getting close to a 10," he says, laughing nervously to distract himself from the needles piercing his skin, tearing into his injured muscles.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:01am

Marathon mania: Mind over muscle

Laura Walsh (left) and Rachel Jacqueline stride out in the Mid-Levels. Photo: Dickson Lee

It's no secret that training for a marathon requires hard work, as early mornings, thigh-thrashing long runs and pushing near-sickening speeds become the norm.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:04pm

Make the best of the rest

Physiotherapist David Garrick says runners should take training breaks. Photo: Felix Wong

Rest replaces my usual schedule of drills, speed work and long runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:14am

Marathon Mania: week 3

Rachel Jacqueline undergoes a VO2 max measurement test at the Institute of Human Performance. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The standard formula for calculating one's maximum heart rate is "220 minus your age". But experts suggest the textbook is wrong: everyone's maximums, from heart rate to output, are different. Understanding yours is the key to peak performance.

18 Dec 2012 - 9:42am

Campaigners plan sit-in over national education curriculum in Hong Kong

At the government headquarters yesterday, pupils erect a banner with signatures of people opposed to national education. Photo: Dickson Lee

Anti-national education campaigners plan to stage a sit-in at government headquarters in response to a refusal by officials to even consider scrapping the controversial curriculum.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Failing to make the cut doesn't mean child's sporting career is over

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Give non-athletic child a sporting chance

My Year Five son hates PE lessons. He is not naturally athletic or co-ordinated and generally shows no interest in sport. He often forgets to take his kit to school or pretends to feel ill to avoid the lesson. A lot of the boys in his year group play football at playtime and he sometimes says he has no one to play with.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Pupils to be taught to appreciate China

Learning to appreciate China will become a core part of a reformed curriculum which seeks to make national education a compulsory subject for all schoolchildren in Hong Kong, starting as early as next year.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Should physical education be compulsory in schools?

Cathy Chan, 16, CCC Kei Chi Secondary School

Physical education has long been compulsory in many schools across the world. Educators say it helps children to develop the habit of exercising. But I think PE actually reduces students' interest in sport so it should not be compulsory.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Suen restates opposition to smaller classes

Education minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung yesterday reaffirmed the government's refusal to introduce small-class teaching to solve the problem of under-enrolment in secondary schools.

He instead asked all schools to join a voluntary class reduction scheme so that the shortfall in student numbers could be equally shouldered by all, which would help avoid school closures.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Poll exposes pupils' poor exercise habits

About 40 per cent of 1,970 secondary school pupils surveyed last month by the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association did not do any exercise apart from physical education classes. Half of them said they had no time for exercise, and 40 per cent said they were lazy. Researchers said this behaviour would put a strain on the city's health resources in the long run.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Overweight students face subtle discrimination: study

Teachers subconsciously discriminate against overweight students, with some physical education (PE) teachers describing them as 'inactive' and 'tardy', a survey has found.

Conducted by Hong Kong Baptist University's physical education department, the survey explored how overweight students are viewed by their teachers.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Students mingle for a week

Swapping classrooms encourages pupils from St Anthony's Primary Schools to learn at South Island School

A week-long encounter between an international secondary school and a local primary school has been a fantastic and unforgettable experience for both students and teachers.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


My son detests physical education lessons. He often feigns sickness on the day of the lesson or he purposely forgets to take his kit.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am