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Dr. Kwok Ng


Kwok Ng, holds the title of docent (adjunct professor) of health promotion and adapted physical activity and is a postdoctoral researcher, working with Professor Catherine Woods on the Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project. He completed his PhD from the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. He has over 15 years experience of sports coaching and officiating at various levels, from fundamentals to international levels to recreational for older populations, as well as expertise in working with people with various abilities. With these experiences, Kwok's main responsibility is to dedicate time on research and his main research interests include promoting physical activity among children and adolescents. Currently, he is a member of the WHO collaborative cross-national Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study and is a chair of the working group on chronic conditions and disabilities. In addition he is the Assistant Editor of the European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity and on the editorial board of Injury Epidemiology and Associate Editor of BMC Public Health. He is currently the Vice President of the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, the European representative of the board to the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity and was on the managing council of the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology between 2011 and 2015. He is also a member of ISPAH and ISBNPA.

ResearcherID: K-6648-2013
Scopus: 5134452700

Research Interests

Adolescent health, specifically physical activity
Adapted Physical Activity and inclusion
Behaviour change
Social Cognitive Theory

Professional Activities


  • 2019 - Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship
  • 2017 - Young Professional Award


  • 2018 Member, International Society of Physical Activity and Health
  • 2018 Vice-President, European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • 2011 Managing Council, European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology
  • 2009 Board Member, International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity


Conference Publication

Other Journal


Activity Involvement and Spiritual Health in Children with ADHD and Learning Disabilities
Ng K.;Pickett W.;Michaelson V.;Freeman J.
Journal of Disability and Religion DOI: 10.1080/23312521.2018.1467294

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal


Clusters of Contemporary Risk and Their Relationship to Mental Well-Being Among 15-Year-Old Adolescents Across 37 Countries
Walsh S.D.;Sela T.;De Looze M.;Craig W.;Cosma A.;Harel-Fisch Y.;Boniel-Nissim M.;Malinowska-Cieślik M.;Vieno A.;Molcho M.;Ng K.;Pickett W.
Journal Of Adolescent Health DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.02.012


Health-related fitness monitoring practices in secondary school-based physical education programs
O'Keeffe B.T.;MacDonncha C.;Ng K.;Donnelly A.E.
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2018-0336


Associations between physical activity and perceived school performance of young adolescents in health behavior in school-aged children countries
Ng K.W.;Sudeck G.;Marques A.;Borraccino A.;Boberova Z.;Vasickova J.;Tesler R.;Kokko S.;Samdal O.
Journal of Physical Activity and Health DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0522


Adapted Physical Activity through COVID-19
European Journal Of Adapted Physical Activity DOI: 10.5507/euj.2020.003


Individual- and environmental-related correlates of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old Finnish children
Mehtälä A.;Villberg J.;Blomqvist M.;Huotari P.;Jaakkola T.;Koski P.;Lintunen T.;Mononen K.;Ng K.;Palomäki S.;Sääkslahti A.;Tammelin T.;Vasankari T.;Kokko S.
Plos One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234686


Ethnic disparities in physical activity among adolescents in Israel
Tesler R.;Kolobov T.;Ng K.;Shapiro E.;Walsh S.;Shuval K.;Harel-Fisch Y.
American Journal Of Health Behavior DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.43.2.10


Test-retest reliability of adolescents self-reported physical activity item in two consecutive surveys
Ng K.;Hämylä R.;Tynjälä J.;Villberg J.;Tammelin T.;Kannas L.;Kokko S.
Archives Of Public Health DOI: 10.1186/s13690-019-0335-3


Vigorous physical activity in relation to family affluence: time trends in Europe and North America
Sigmundová D.;Sigmund E.;Tesler R.;Ng K.;Hamrik Z.;Mathisen F.;Inchley J.;Bucksch J.
International Journal Of Public Health DOI: 10.1007/s00038-019-01271-8


Prevalence of self-reported chronic pain among adolescents: Evidence from 42 countries and regions
Inese Gobina and Jari Villberg and Raili Välimaa and Jorma Tynjälä and Ross Whitehead and Alina Cosma and Fiona Brooks and Franco Cavallo and Kwok Ng and Margarida Gaspar Matos and Anita Villerusa
European Journal Of Pain DOI: 10.1002/ejp.1306


A scoping review on interventions to promote physical activity among adults with disabilities
Castro, O. and Ng, K. and Novoradovskaya, E. and Bosselut, G. and Hassandra, M.
Disability and Health Journal DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.10.013


Trends in Medically Attended Injuries in Czech Adolescents
Ng, K. and Sigmundova, D. and Sigmund, E. and Pavelka, J. and Hamri­k, Z. and Molcho, M. and Kalman, M.
DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a5097


Physical activity among adolescents with long-term illnesses or disabilities in 15 European countries
Ng, K. and Tynjälä, J. and Sigmundova, D. and Augustine, L. and Sentenac, M. and Rintala, P. and Inchley, J.
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly DOI: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0138


Do adolescents with long-term illnesses and disabilities have increased risks of sports related injuries?
Kwok W. Ng and Jorma Tynjälä and Pauli Rintala and Sami Kokko and Lasse Kannas
DOI: 10.1186/s40621-017-0112-0


Towards a conceptual understanding of acute cultural adaptation: A preliminary examination of ACA in female swimming
Ryba, T.V. and Haapanen, S. and Mosek, S. and Ng, K.
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2011.653498