Prof. CHOW, Bik Chu


PositionInterim Head and Professor, Director of Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness

OfficeAAB 936, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus

Telephone No.3411 7007 (office)

Fax No.3411 5757 (office)

Ph.D., University of Georgia, USA
M.S., B.S. Springfield College, MA, USA
Advanced Teacher's Certificate, Grantham College of Education, HK
Teacher Certificate, Sir Robert Black College of Education, HK

Prof. Bik Chow has worked with the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health over 25 years. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, USA and the bachelor and master degrees from the Springfield College, USA. Her research interests are in exercise interventions for both elderly and special population, health literacy, and fitness testing. She has published over 100 papers and is serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness. Her grants totalled to over hkd$33 millions. One recently funded project and two completed projects are of relatively large scale community studies comprising of exercise interventions for older adults in Hong Kong. She is the Director of the Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness. Currently, the centre has 11 research staff conducting community projects and Research studies.

  • Exercise Interventions for Older Adults and Special Populations
  • Health Literacy
  • Physical Fitness and Children's Physical Activity

Peer-reviewed Publications 


  • Chow BC, Jiao J, Man D, & Lippke S. (2022). Study Protocol for ‘The Effects of Multimodal Training of Cognitive and/or Physical Functions on Cognition and Physical Fitness of Older Adults: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial’. BMC Geriatric, 22(1). doi: 10.1186/s12877-022-03031-5
  • Wang, Y, Kang, X, Jiao, J, Zhou, J, Chow, BC, Baker, JS, Zhao L, & Liu, S. (2022). Exercise Prescription Improve the Rehabilitation of a Child with Viral Encephalitis Sequelae: A Case Report. Frontier in Pediatrics. doi: 10.3389/fped.2022.828014
  • Li FF, Kong Z, Zhu X, Chow BC, Zhang D, Liang W, Shang B, Liu Y, & Zhang, H. (2022). High-intensity interval training elicits more enjoyment and positive affective valence over 12-week intervention in young Chinese women. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 20(3), 249-255.
  • Jiao, J., Supriya, R., Chow, BC, Baker, JS., Utheil, F., Gao Y, Chan, SH, Liang, W, Li, F, Tao, D. (2022). COVID-19: Barriers to physical activity in older adults, a decline in health or economy. Journal of Risk and Financial Management, 15(2), 51.
  • Liu HX, Chow BC, Liang W, Hassel H, Huang YW. Measuring a Broad Spectrum of eHealth Skills in the Web 3.0 Context Using an eHealth Literacy Scale: Development and Validation Study. (2021). Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(9):e31627. doi: 10.2196/31627.
  • Lin L., Liu H., & Chow B. (2021). Effects of Physical Exercise in Ameliorating Symptoms of Children with Autism in China: a meta-analysis. European Journal of Scientific Research, 159(2), 6-12.


  • Hu, M., Kong Z., Sun S., Zou L., Shi Q., Chow BC., & Nie J. (in press). Interval training causes the same exercise enjoyment as moderate-intensity training to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition in young Chinese women with elevated BMI. Journal of Sports Sciences. doi:10.1080/02640414.2021.1892946   
  • Tong, TK., Tao, ED., Chow, BC., Baker, JS., & Jiao, J. (2021). Acute performance responses to repeated treadmill sprints in hypoxia with varying inspired oxygen fractions, exercise-to-recovery ratios and recovery modalities. European Journal of Applied Physiology.
  • Pan, C., Tsai, C., Chen, F.C., Chow, B.C., Chen, C., & Chu, C. (2021). Physical and sedentary activity patterns in youths with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Chow, B.C., Choi, P.H.N. Huang W. & Pan, C. (2020). Promoting physical activity in group home settings: Staff perspectives through a SWOT analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Chow BC, Li L, Zhu X, Jiao J, Quach B, Baker JS, Zhang H. (2020). Effects of descending or ascending stair exercise on body composition and insulin sensitivity in young Chinese women with obesity: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sports Science.
  • Ho, F.K., So, H., Wong, R.S., Tung, K.T.S., Louie, L.H.T., Tung, J., Mirpuri, S., Chow, B.C., Wong, W.HS., Lee, A., Ip, P. (2020). The reciprocal relationship between body mass index categories and physical fitness: A 4‐year prospective cohort study of 20 000 Chinese children. Pediatric Obesity
  • Zhou, S., Davison, K., Qin F., Lim, K., Chow, B.C., Zhao J. (2019). The roles of exercise professionals in the health care system: A comparison between Australia and China. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 17, 81-90.
  • Fu, Frank H.K., & Chow, B.C. (2019). Brain Invigoration and Gross Motor Activation Programme (BIGMAP) (Eds). Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness, Hong Kong.
  • Chow, B.C., Choi, P.N.H., & Huang, W. (2018). Physical activity and physical fitness of adults with intellectual disabilities in group homes in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(7), 1370.
  • Chow, B.C., Choi, H.N.P., & Sit, H.C. (2018). Developing a school-based motor skills and physical activity programme for preschoolers with development delay. In S. Lau, Y. Duan, & S. Lau (Eds.), Active Living and Health (pp. 39-45). Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • Sit, C.H.P., McKenzie, T.L., Ester, C., Chow, B.C., Huang, W.Y., & Yu, J. (2017). Physical activity and sedentary time among children with disabilities at school. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, 49(2):292-297.
  • Lam, M.H.S., Chow, B. C., Cheung, S.Y., Lee, K.Y., Li, W.H.C., Ho, E., Flint, S.W., Yang, L., & Yung, N.K.F. (2017). A Systematic Review of Recreation Therapy for Depression in Older Adults. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 7(2). DOI: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000298
  • Chow, B.C., McKenzie, T.L., & Sit, C.H.P. (2016). Public parks in Hong Kong: Characteristics of physical activity areas and their users. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 639-654. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070639
  • Chow, B.C., Huang W.Y.J., Choi, P.H.N. & Pan, C. (2016). Design and methods of a multi-component physical activity program for adults with intellectual disabilities living in group. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 14, 35-40.
  • Sivan, A., Tam, V. C., Hu, A., Chan, D. W. K., Leung, A. Y. L., Chaudhuri, T., Chow, B. C., Hung, S. S. L., Kim, L. E., Mah, D. N. Y., Shroff, R., & Wong, 0. M. H. (2016). Designing and implementing a two-level community of practice project to develop a teaching portfolio framework. Learning Communities Journal, 8(2), 51-69.
  • Chow, B. C., McKenzie, T. L., & Louie, L. (2015). Physical activity and its contexts during preschool classroom sessions. Advances in Physical Education, 5(3), 194-203.
  • Chow, B. C., McKenzie, T. L., & Louie, L. (2015). Children’s physical activity and associated variables during preschool physical education. Advances in Physical Education, 5(1), 39-49.
  • Sam, K. L., Chow, B. C., & Tong, K. K. (2015). Effectiveness of exercise-based interventions for children with autism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Learning & Teaching, 1(2), 98-103. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.1.2.98-103
  • Chow, B. C., Louie, L., & Cheung, P. P. (2014). Physical activity of young children in Hong Kong preschools. Asian Journal of Physical Education & Recreation, 19(1), 70-75.
  • Louie, L., Wong, K. C., & Chow, B. C. (2014). A survey on the swimming abilities among secondary school students in Hong Kong. Asian Journal of Physical Education & Recreation, 20(1).
  • Chow, B.C., & Louie, L.H.T. (2013). Differences in children's gross motor skills between two types of preschool. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 116(1 ), 253-261. DOI 10.2466/25.06.10.PMS.116.1.253-261
  • FUNG, Y. K., Chan, D. K., Caudwell, K. M., & Chow, B. C. (2013). Is the wheelchair fencing classification fair enough? A kinematic analysis among world-class wheelchair fencers. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 6(1), 17-29.
  • Chow, B. C., Chan, A. S. Y., Tong, T. K. K., & Louie, L. H. T. (2013). Social cognitive theory based intervention targeting non-working time physical activity in adults with intellectual disabilities. Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise, l 5(Supplement), 375.

External Grants

  • PI-“Integrated Intervention of Health Literacy and Physical Activity Through Self-Reliant Working Groups Facilitated by Peer Moderation Leading to Better Quality of Life for Older Adults: A Joint Research Between Hong Kong and Germany“. A Joint Researchbetween Hong Kong and Germany, HK$44700 (6/2020-10/2022).
  • PI-" Mus-fit for Health (for Older Adults)". Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, HK$11,490,000 (12/2021-11/2024). 
  • PI -"Effects of Multimodal Training of Combined Cognitive and Physical and Cognitive or Physical Training Only on Cognition and Physical Fitness of Older Adults: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial".  GRF, HK $996,610 (1/2021-9/2022).
  • PI-“Repeated-sprint training in hypoxia improves team-sport-specific repeated-sprint ability: Does training volume matter?” (Prof. Chow Bik Chu as PI with Dr. Li Feifei as Co-I). GRF, HK$625,199 (2/2021- 7/2022).
  • PI-"Survey study of students’ physical fitness and their attitudes towards physical education (secondary schools, 2019/20)". Education Bureau, HK$1,398,430 (7/2019-2/2021).
  • PI-“Mus-fit Action”. Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, HK$13,350,000 "Mus-fit Action" (12/2018-8/2021, with L. Louie and S.Y. Cheung).
  • PI-“Brain Invigoration and Gross Motor Activation BIGMAP”. Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, HK$5,060,000 (3/2018-9/2019, with F. Fu, L. Fung, H. Ip, Y. Yuen, P. Cheng). 
  • PI-“Research Study on the Mode of Subvention to NSAs and SOs in Hong Kong and other Overseas Cities or Countries”. Contracted project by Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HK$334,650 (2018-2019, with K.C. Chen, S. Hong, W. Huang, S. Kim, J. Zheng, K. Wu).  
  • "Physical activity engagement and opportunities for children with disabilities in special school environments". GRF, HK$407,994 (2013-2015) (PI-C. Sit, CUHK).


Internal Grants

  • PI -"The Mediating Effect of Health Literacy on the Relationship between Cognitive and Physical Functions and Health-related Quality of Life among Older Adults". RC-FRNA, HK$309,200 (6/2020-9/2021). 
  • PI- "School-based motor skills and physical activity programme for preschoolers with developmental delay". Faculty Research Grant, HK$98,910 (10/2017-9/2018).
  • PI- "Effectiveness of a physical activity intervention program for adults with intellectual disabilities living in group homes". Faculty Research Grant, HK$99,800 (5/2015-4/2016).
  • "Active transport in children and adolescents: What factors matter? Faculty Research Grant, HK$98,000 (2015-2016) (PI- W. Huang).
  • "Influences on preschool children's physical activity: a qualitative study of parents' perspectives. Faculty Research Grant, HK$60,000 (2015-2016) (Pl- L. Louie).


  • Research Award: 2008 Metzler-Freedman Outstanding Paper Award for best paper in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education for the year of 2008.
  • Teaching Award: President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching: Hong Kong Baptist University, 2002
  • Valedictorian, Class of 1987: Springfield College, USA
  • All-college Graduate Fellowship Award (1987): Springfield College, USA
  • Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications.
  • Associate editor, Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness.
  • Consultant, Research & Publication Committee, Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China Ltd.