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Prof. Tsang Wai Nam William

Associate Dean (Development and Strategic Relationships),
Department Head cum Professor,
School of Nursing and Health Studies

PhD PolyU, MPhil CUHK, PgD (Biomechanics) U of Strathclyde, Dip (Epidemiology and Applied Statistics) CUHK, Prof.Dip (Physiotherapy) PolyU


Tel: 3970  8703


Professor Tsang has extensive clinical experience in various sectors of physiotherapy service with special expertise in geriatric physiotherapy. Before joining The Open University of Hong Kong as Head of Department of Physiotherapy, he was the Associate Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been the subject leaders of the departmental functional anatomy and faculty human anatomy courses. Professor Tsang now serves as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Registration Committee and member of the Physiotherapists Board, Hong Kong.

Professor Tsang is well known for his abundant research in the areas of postural control and preventative exercise including extensive scientific study of Tai Chi and qigong and Western exercise such as golfing. He has published extensively on postural and balance control and their improvement through exercise, working particularly with older adults and stroke and cancer survivors. He has published too on falls prevention programmes for individuals with mild cognitive impairment.

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Human anatomy
  • Massive Open Online Course
  • Global ageing
  • Postural control and Fall rehabilitation
  • Mind-body intervention
  • Cancer rehabilitation

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Lipardo DS, Tsang WWN (2021) Fall-Related Physiological and Physical Risk Factors of Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Cross-Sectional Study. Annals of Physiotherapy and Occupational Study, doi: 10.23880/aphot-16000201
  • Cathy WT Lo, CY Lin, William WN Tsang, CH Yan, Arnold YL Wong (2021) Psychometric Properties of Brief-Balance Evaluation Systems Test Among Multiple Populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in press.
  • Chan WN, Tsang WWN (2021) Compromised cognition, but not stepping-down performance, when dual-tasking in stroke survivors. Journal of Motor Behavior,
  • Cathy Lo; Matthew A Brodie; William WN Tsang; Chun-Hoi Yan; Priscillia L Lam; Chun-Ming Chan; Stephen R Lord; Arnold YL Wong (2021) Acceptability and feasibility of a community-based strength, balance and Tai Chi rehabilitation program in improving physical function and balance of patients after total knee arthroplasty: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials, 22:129.
  • Lipardo DS, Tsang WWN (2020) Effects of combined physical and cognitive training on fall prevention and risk reduction in older persons with mild cognitive impairment: a randomised controlled study. Clinical Rehabilitation.
  • Chan WN, Tsang WWN (2020) Short-term Tai Chi training may benefit arterial compliance but not heart rate variability among stroke survivors: A randomized controlled trial. International Chinese Journal of Health Practice, In Press.
  • Lipardo DS, Leung AYM, Gabuyo CMA, Escuadra CJT, Leung PA, Aseron AMC, Hernandez KAV, Diaz JB, Tsang WWN (2020) Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties of the Falls Efficacy Scale – International in Filipino community-dwelling older adults. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42(9):1292-1298.
  • Cheng, Yoyo TY; Schooling, Catherine Mary; Tsang, William W.N.; Ma, Ada W.W.; Fong, Daniel Y.T.; Hung, Yeung Sam ; Gao, Yang ; Fong, Shirley S.M.; Chung, Joanne W.Y. (2020) Effects of attention-neuromuscular training on reactive balance performance, attention level and leg muscle activations in children with developmental coordination disorder: a randomised controlled trial. Disability and Rehabilitation. In Press.
  • Cheng YTY, Wong TKS, Tsang WWN, Schooling CM, Fong SSM, Fong DYT, Gao Y, Chung JWY. (2019) Neuromuscular training for children with developmental coordination disorder. Medicine, 98:45(e17946)
  • Lo CWT, Tsang WWN, Yan CH, Lord SR, Hill KD, Wong AYL (2019) Risk factors for falls in patients with total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage,
  • Tsang WWN, Chan KK, Cheng CN, Hu FSF, Mak CTK, Wong JWC (2019) Tai Chi practice on prefrontal oxygenation level in older adults: A pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 42:132-136.
  • Zou L, Han J, Li C, Yeung A, Hui SS-c, Tsang WWN, Ren Z, Wang L (2019) The effects of Tai Chi on lower limb proprioception in adults aged over 55: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(6):1102-1113. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.07.425. Epub 2018 Aug 18.
  • Lipardo DS, Tsang WWN (2018) Falls prevention through physical and cognitive training (falls PACT) in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized controlled trial protocol. BMC Geriatrics, 18(1):193.
  • Fong SSM, Guo X, Liu KPY, Fong DYT, Bae YH, Yuen L, Cheng YTY, Tsang WWN (2018) Adapted Taekwondo Training for Prepubertal Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Scientific Reports, 8:10330. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-28738-7.
  • Chan WN, Tsang WWN (2018) The effect of Tai Chi training on the dual-tasking performance of stroke survivors: A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 32(8):1076-1085. doi: 10.1177/0269215518777872.
  • Winser S, Kannan P, Pang M, Smith C, Tsang WW (2018) Potential benefits and safety of Tai Chi for balance and functional independence in people with cerebellar ataxia. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, doi: 10.1089/acm.2017.0396.
  • Lui GMF, Chow DHK, Wong lKWM, Tsang WWN (2018) Melatonin affects postural control in community-dwelling older adults while dual-tasking: A randomized observation study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13:1-6. doi: 10.1123/japa.2017-0312.
  • Stanley Winser, Priya Kannan, Karthikeyan Krishnamurthy, William WN Tsang (2018) Does Tai Chi improve balance and reduces falls incidence in neurological disorders? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 32(9):1157-1168. doi: 10.1177/0269215518773442.
  • Cheng YTY, Schooling, Tsang WWN, Fong SSM (2018) Reactive balance performance and neuromuscular and cognitive responses to unpredictable balance perturbations in children with developmental coordination disorder. Gait and Posture, 62:20-26.
  • Tiffany C.Y. Cheung, Karen P.Y. Liu, Janet Y.H. Wong, Young-Hyeon Bae, Stanley Sai-chuen Hui, William W. N. Tsang, Yoyo T.Y. Cheng and Shirley S.M. Fong (2018) Acute effects of Tai Chi training on cognitive and cardiovascular responses in late middle-aged adults: a pilot study. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,
  • Hill KD, Suttanon P, Lin SI, Tsang WWN, Ashari A, Hamid TAA, Farrier K, Burton E (2018) What works in falls prevention in Asia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, BMC Geriatrics, 18(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s12877-017-0683-1

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • Chairman of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Registration Committee
  • Member of the Physiotherapists Board, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong coordinator of the Cochrane Global Ageing