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Prof. Eric Tsz-chun POON

潘梓竣教授

Prof. Eric Tsz-chun POON
Assistant Professor
Department of Sports Science and Physical Education
BSc (HKU), MSc (CUHK), PhD (CUHK)
+852 3943 7157
Biography
Professor Eric Poon holds a B.Sc. (1st class) degree from the University of Hong Kong, as well as an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Exercise Science from CUHK. With a specialization in High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), his research focuses on exploring the cardio-metabolic health benefits of HIIT among diverse populations, ranging from school-aged children to middle-aged and older adults. His contributions to the field have been recognized through numerous publications in reputable journals. Beyond his academic pursuits, Professor Poon is an internationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP). He has been invited for guest presentations and professional services with various community parties, such as Hong Kong Sports Institute, Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Hong Kong Physical Fitness Association over the past several years.
Research Interests
  • High-intensity interval training and cardiometabolic health benefits
  • Sport nutrition, exercise performance and fitness
Selected Publications (*denotes corresponding author)
  1. Poon, E., Li, H. Y., Little, J., Wong, S. H. S. & Ho R. S.T. (2024). Efficacy of Interval Training in Improving Body Composition and Adiposity in Apparently Healthy Adults: An Umbrella Review with Meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. (accepted)
  2. Poon, E., Li, H. Y., Gibala, M. J., Wong, S. H. S. & Ho R. S.T. (2024). High-Intensity Interval Training and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Adults: An Umbrella Review of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 34 (5). e14652. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14652
  3. Zhang, J., Dai, Z., Wong, S. H. S., Zheng, C., & Poon, E.* (2024). Acute Effects of Various Doses of Nitrate-Rich Beetroot Juice on High-intensity Interval Exercise. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 21 (1). 2334680. https://doi.org/10.1080/15502783.2024.2334680
  4. Poon, E.*, Kwan W. L., Chow C.C., & Chan D. K. C. (2024). Music Timing Differentiates Fatigue Perception and Performance during Isometric Strength Exercises: A Crossover Randomised Trial. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 23 (1):258-264. https://doi.org/10.52082/jssm.2024.258
  5. Poon, E.*, T. C., Tsang, J. H., Sun, F. H., Zheng, C., & Wong, S. H. S. (2024). Effects of Intermittent Dieting with Break Periods on Body Composition and Metabolic Adaptation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrition Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuad168
  6. Poon, E.*, T., Sun, F., Tse, A. C., Tsang, J. H., Chung, A. Y., Lai, Y. Y., & Wong, S. W. (2024). Effectiveness of Tele-Exercise Training on Physical Fitness, Functional Capacity, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Non-Hospitalized Individuals with COVID-19: The COFIT-HK study. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 22(2), 134-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesf.2024.01.003
  7. Poon, E.*, Fang, Y., Chung, L., Chan, C., Or, P., & Sun, F. (2023). A Scoping Review of Physical Activity-Based Interventions for Obesity Management in Children and Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Obesity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-023-01433-y
  8. Poon, E., Tomkinson, G., Lang, J., Huang, W., & Wong, S.H. (2023). Temporal Trends in the Physical Fitness of Hong Kong Children aged 6-12 years between 2003-04 and 2015-16. Journal of Sports Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2023.2268350
  9. Poon, E., Chan, K. W., Wongpipit, W., Sun, F., & Wong, S.H. (2023). Acute Physiological and Perceptual Responses to Whole-Body High-Intensity Interval Training Compared with Equipment-Based Interval and Continuous Training. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 22(3).513-519. https://doi.org/10.52082/jssm.2023.532
  10. Poon, E., Wongpipit, W., Sun, F., Tse, A., & Sit, C. (2023). High-intensity Interval Training in Children and Adolescents with Special Educational Needs: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 20(1).13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-023-01421-5
Funded Research Grants as Principal Investigator (in the past five years)
  • Direct Grant for Research, CUHK 01/2024-12/2024. Effects of carbohydrate-caffeine mouth rinse on the physical fitness performance, physiological and perceptual responses of high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) in the absorptive state.
  • The University of Sydney-The Chinese University of Hong Kong (USyd-CUHK) Ignition Grants. 01/2024-12/2024. Combating Global Childhood Physical Inactivity Crisis: A Pilot Community-based Healthy Lifestyle Program with Children and their Families.
  • Knowledge Transfer Fund, EdUHK. 07/2022-05/2023 Application of a Community-based Telehealth Program for Post-COVID Recovery.
  • Seed Funding Grant, EdUHK. 01/2023-08/2023. Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training on Cardiometabolic, Cognitive and Mental Health in Hong Kong Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial.
  • Commissioned Project, Education Bureau (EDB). 12/2022-03/2023. Provision of services for One PDP with two identical sessions on “Behind the Medal”.
Courses Taught
  • Physical Fitness Appraisal and Exercise Prescription
  • Coaching Science
  • Sports Nutrition for Health and Performance
  • Physiology of Human Performance
Selected Honours and Awards
  • RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, Research Grant Council, 2019-2021
  • Young Scholars Thesis Award, CUHK, 2020
  • Postgraduate Research Output Award, 2019
  • Young Investigator Award (Best Poster Presentation), International Sport & Exercise Nutrition Conference, Newcastle, UK, 2018
Selected Professional Services
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness (Elsevier)
  • Honorary Secretary, Hong Kong Nutrition Association
  • Executive Committee, Research & Publication Committee, Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member, European College of Sports Science
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