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Yeshayahu Hutzler

Yeshayahu Hutzler
Academic College at Wingate, Netanya, Israel · Graduate School

PhD

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Introduction
Yeshayahu Hutzler currently works as head of the Graduate School, Academic College at Wingate, Netanya, Israel. His current research project together with Dr. Gal Ziv and others is hybrid virtual reality and treadmill perturbation training for ball game players. His main experitse is in adapted physical activity and sports he is currentlys consulting several national agencies regarding projects implementing adapted physical activity practices in the community, in vocational centers and leisure facilities for persons with disability.
Additional affiliations
September 2012 - July 2016
Orde Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports
Position
  • Chair of Graduate School

Publications

Publications (107)
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This study investigated demographic factors, teaching characteristics, psychological characteristics, school-related characteristics, professional efficacy, and subjective health perceptions among PE teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted a cross-sectional research design. Questionnaires were distributed to PE teachers online during CO...
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The study’s purpose was to examine the prevalence of sedentary screen time behaviour and physical activity (PA) participation, and their association with environmental (socioeconomic status, bullying behaviours) and personal factors (age, sex). We analysed data from the 2013–14 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey among Israeli adolescen...
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Siperstein (1980) tarafından geliştirilmiş Arkadaşlık Aktivite Ölçeği ve Sıfat Kontrol Listesinin Türk çocukları üzerinde adaptasyonunun yapılması yolu ile uyarlanan ölçeğin amacı, ortaokul düzeyi akranların özel gereksinimli çocuklara yönelik tutumlarını belirlemeye yöneliktir
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In this section, inclusive physical education is discussed in the context of the development of the services for students with disabilities and the role of adapted physical education (APE) in this context in two examples of Middle East countries: Turkey and Israel. In Turkey APE has increasingly become available as an academic discipline in Turkish...
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Background: Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the Western world, and leads to impaired balance and mobility. Objective: To investigate the feasibility of using a Virtual Reality-based dual task of an upper extremity while treadmill walking, to improve gait and functional balance performance of chronic poststroke survivors. Me...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate (a) the validity and reliability of the inclusive Self-efficacy Instrument for Physical Education Teacher scale (SE-PETE-D), using a Lithuanian physical education (PE) teachers’ sample, and (b) the impact of type of disability and personal attributes. The English version of the scale was translated into...
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Background Soccer is the world's most popular sport. The present authors evaluated the effect of the Game of Life (GOL) soccer initiative on soccer skills, fitness and mobility of adults with intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Methods The programme is comprised of once‐weekly sessions. Outcomes: soccer skills, fitness...
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Background Aquatic motor intervention has been found to be effective in reducing falls and improving verbal working memory among the general population. However, effects among older adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) have never been explored. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of aquatic motor intervention on fall risk and ver...
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Background: Teachers in various countries worldwide have been confronted with the placement of students with disabilities in general classes, and the need to provide them with support and adapted physical education (APE). However, physical education (PE) teachers often do not feel prepared or self-confident enough for this inclusion. While a consid...
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This study addresses the associations between students' ability beliefs and attitudes toward inclusion in physical education, as well as the impact of gender and previous contact/participation with children with disability on these variables. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 976 students (491 girls and 485 boys; age 11-16 years), who resp...
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Purpose: The comparison of habitual physical activity and sedentary time in teenagers and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP) with typically developed (TD) peers can serve to quantify activity shortcomings. Methods: Patterns of sedentary, upright, standing, and walking components of habitual physical activity were compared in age-matched (16.8...
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Background. Teacher's perceptions of Self-efficacy (SE) have been suggested as an important factor in the successful inclusion of students with special educational needs. The purposes of this study were (a) to investigate the validity and reliability of the instrument of physical education teachers' self-efficacy toward the inclusion of students wi...
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Background. Teacher’s perceptions of Self-efcacy (SE) have been suggested as an important factor in the successful inclusion of students with special educational needs. The purposes of this study were (a) to investigate the validity and reliability of the instrument of physical education teachers’ self-efcacy toward the inclusion of students with A...
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Sufficient and regular physical activity is considered a protective factor, reducing the onset of secondary disability conditions in adolescents with chronic diseases and functional limitations. The aim of this study was to explore whether participation in organized sport may be associated to higher levels of physical activity in adolescents with f...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes and self-efficacy (SE) of physical education (PE) teachers in the Arabic-speaking educational sector in Israel toward including children with disability in their classes, utilizing translated questionnaires. The specific goals were (a) to describe the structure and internal consistency of the r...
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Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are often mainstreamed into the general education system, but are likely to be excluded from physical education (PE) classes. A questionnaire was constructed and utilized to measure PE teachers’ self-efficacy (SE) toward inclusion of students with CP in each of three mobility categories (independent, using assistiv...
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Background and purpose: The group of individuals 85 years and over (termed oldest-old) is the fastest-growing population in the Western world. Although daily functional abilities and balance capabilities are known to decrease as an individual grows older, little is known about the balance and functional characteristics of the oldest-old population...
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Background: Rapid voluntary stepping has been recognized as an important measure of balance control. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and convergent validity of a Rapid Stepping Test protocol utilizing a virtual reality SeeMeTM system (VR-RST) in elderly ambulatory and independent individuals living in a communi...
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The positive attitude, knowledge and creativity of PE teachers in relation to students with disabilities are one of key factors for the successful inclusion in regular physical education settings. Sometimes the attitude can be influenced by lack of self-confidence of the educators to make appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. I...
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This review summarizes the knowledge regarding the effects and recommendations for physical training (PTr) post-stroke. In addition, perceived benefits/barriers to PTr post-stroke are reviewed. PTr is an important post-stroke rehabilitation goal. Before beginning a PTr program it is recommended to conduct a physical examination. There is evidence t...
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This review summarizes the existing knowledge regarding the effects and recommendations for physical training (PTr) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition, perceived benefits and barriers to PTr in this population are reviewed. One of the primary aims of rehabilitation for patients with MS is to increase their levels of activity and...
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Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular sport activities among persons with disabilities. The current study focuses on “reverse integration” (RI) groups of athletes with and without disabilities playing wheelchair basketball in Israel. A qualitative analysis approach was chosen to examine whether the able-bodied participants in RI wheelcha...
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In Physical Education (PE), acceptance by and interaction with peers without disabilities is one of the most important factors in determining whether a student with a disability has a successful experience, such as to be perceived as members of the class, to interact with peers, and to feel part of the group. This study establishes the construct va...
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People with severe physical disabilities may experience psychosocial problems. Boccia is one sport that athletes with severe disability can engage in, but no information on the effects of Boccia on psychosocial outcomes for participants with severe disability is available. Therefore, we analyzed the effects of Boccia on psychosocial outcomes in per...
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The purpose of this chapter is to describe the theoretical frameworks supporting inclusive physical education and sport. The inclusion of students and athletes with disability is understood in this respect as a human right according to the United Nations’ Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD). Several theoretical frameworks are pre...
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The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) and treadmill walk tests (TMW) are commonly used to assess post-stroke patients (PSP) aerobic capacity. However, these tests are not without their limitations (e.g. limited sensitivity to change and the use of external pacing). Therefore, there is a need for additional tools to assess PSP aerobic capacity. To establish...
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“El deporte inclusivo trasciende fronteras”: éste fue el lema de la II Semana del Deporte Inclusivo (SDI), celebrada los días 17 a 20 octubre de 2011, tras la exitosa celebración de su primera edición en 2010. Si la primera edición recabó un inusitado interés a nivel nacional, la II SDI, celebrada en octubre de 2011 vino a confirmar el interés y la...
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Familial dysautonomia (FD) is a rare genetic autosomal recessive disease which impairs vital functions and causes neural and motor deficiency. These motor deficits are often characterized by static and dynamic instability and an ataxic gait. As a result, persons with FD are at risk of significant physical impairment, therefore posing unique challen...
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Purpose: Mechanical efficiency can assess motor performance in individuals with physical disabilities. The purpose was to determine the utility of predicting it from heart rate (HR) during a self-paced stair-climbing test in adults with chronic hemiparesis after stroke and to determine the minimal detectable change of net mechanical efficiency (ME...
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The management goal of cerebral palsy (CP) is improving functionality, locomotion and independence. Treatment programs commonly encompass adapted physical activity (APA). This review summarizes the knowledge regarding the effects and recommendations for APA in persons with CP. In addition, barriers to APA in this population are reviewed. The availa...
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The purpose of the current study was to establish measurement reliability in adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP), and to examine the feasibility and outcomes of an upper extremity strength training program (three times per week for 90min each time). A control group design mixed with a prospective time series design for the intervention group was comple...
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Based on social-learning and self-determination motivational theories, the purpose of this study was to determine the sources of motivation in youth and young adults with intellectual disability (ID) who participate in Special Olympics (SO) competitions and those of typically developed (TD) age- and activity-matched athletes. A convenience sample o...
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The purpose was to validate a self-efficacy (SE) instrument toward including students with disability in physical education (PE). Three scales referring to intellectual disabilities (ID), physical disabilities (PD), or visual impairments (VI) were administered to 486 physical education teacher education (PETE) majors. The sample was randomly split,...
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Purpose: To describe Re-Step™, a novel mechatronic shoe system that measures center of pressure (COP) gait parameters and complexity of COP dispersion while walking, and to demonstrate these measurements in healthy controls and individuals with hemiparesis and cerebral palsy (CP) before and after perturbation training. Method: The Re-Step™ was u...
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The purpose of this article is to describe a theoretical model and practice examples of judgment and decision making bias within the context of inclusion in physical education and sports. After presenting the context of adapting for inclusion, the theoretical roots of judgment and decision are described, and are linked to the practice of physical e...
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The study investigated the effects of a Special Olympics (SO) Unified Sport (UNS) soccer program on anthropometry, physical fitness and soccer skills of male youth athletes with and without intellectual disabilities (ID) who participated in a training group (TRG) and in a comparison group (CG) without specific training. Youth with ID (WID) were ran...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of participation in different sport modalities on quality of life (QOL) and perceived social competence (PSC) in young people with physical disability. Ninety participants (33 females and 57 males) were monitored across four conditions: competitive separate physical activity (COSPA), recreational...
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Aim. To evaluate the effects of aquatic (AQ) compared to a land-based (LB) intervention programs on metabolic cost of walking (MCW), gross motor function and locomotor performance in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods. Eleven children with spastic diplegic CP completed this study, six in the AQ (5.2 ± 1.45 yrs) and five in the LB group (4.1...
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The purpose of this study was to describe the change in selected fitness and skill components over a nine-month period of a new intensive Wheelchair Rugby (WR) practice program. Sixteen WR players of the newly established national league participated in this intervention, which included team and individual practice sessions. Five items of the Beck...
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A Disability and Context-Specific Self-Efficacy Scale The purpose of this study was to describe the construction and validation of a Self-Efficacy (SE) instrument following Bandura’s (2006) guidelines that would measure Pre-service Physical Education Teachers’ (PETE) self-efficacy towards including students with intellectual (ID), visual (VD), or p...
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The purpose of this study was to develop a valid and reliable Turkish version of the Friendship Activity Scale (FAS). Both the English and Turkish versions of the FAS were administered to 36 students to check for language equivalence. The Turkish version of the FAS was then administered to 226 students to ensure internal consistency, and to 61 stud...
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The purpose of this study was to describe running economy, soccer specific endurance, and selected kinematic running criteria in soccer players with cerebral palsy (SPCP) and to compare them with values of position-matched players without CP. Fourteen international, male soccer players with cerebral palsy completed the "Yo-Yo" intermittent recovery...
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Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a growing movement in the health and educational disciplines that recommends emphasis on research outcomes during decision making in practice. EBP is made possible through evidence based research (EBR), which attempts to synthesize the volume and scientific rigor of intervention effectiveness. With the purpose of as...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of two awareness programs (6-day vs. 1-day programs) on children's attitudes toward peers with a visual impairment. Three hundred and forty-four Spanish physical education students (164 girls and 180 boys) aged 10-15 years, took part in the study. A modified version of the Attitudes Toward Disabil...
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IntroductionImportant exercise-related concerns by disability conditionEnergetic background for training aerobic and anaerobic powerTraining Anaerobic power in athletes with disabilityTraining aerobic power in athletes with disabilitiesEvaluating anaerobic and aerobic function in athletes with disabilitiesReferencesRecommended readings
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The purpose of this study is to systematically retrieve, examine and discuss scientific studies focusing on motivational correlates that both contribute to, and can be assumed to be effects of, participation in sport, recreation, or health-related physical activities in persons with intellectual disability (ID). A systematic analysis of the literat...
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The purpose of this essay is to describe the main developments within Israel of sports for persons with a disability across the 60 years of Israel's existence. Following introductory remarks on the global development of this aspect of sports in relation to Israel's cultural context, the early leaders, who established sports for persons with disabil...
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The purposes of this study were (a) to examine skill acquisition in field hockey of seven junior-high school students with PDD, who attended an inclusive class; and (b) to compare the degree of skill acquisition in field hockey of junior-high school students without disabilities who attend an inclusive class and those who attend a regular class.The...
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La actividad física y el deporte son, a día de hoy, un componente fundamental de la calidad de vida de las sociedades modernas. Sin embargo, no todo el mundo tiene igualdad de acceso a este derecho. Concretamente, las personas con una discapacidad tienen problemas reales de acceso y de seguimiento a una práctica de actividad físico-deportiva saluda...
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This article focuses on ethical concerns about modifying physical activities within a variety of education, recreation, rehabilitation and competition contexts. An ecological frame of reference common within current educational and rehabilitation theories is utilised for reflecting upon adapted physical activity practices. Ethical principles challe...
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Individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID) exhibit reduced levels of compliance to exercise, including treadmill walking. The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of several training conditions on compliance to participation in treadmill walking of children with moderate to severe ID. Criteria for compliance were the averaged number...
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The purpose was to measure the outcome effects of a hydrotherapy program lasting 12 sessions on the rehabilitation of participants after joint replacement because of arthritis-related conditions. Sixteen volunteers at a postrehabilitation stage (15 women and one man, mean age 56.7 ± 6.5 y) participated in a quasi-experimental design with simple int...
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This article proposes a theory- and practice-based model for adapting physical activities. The ecological frame of reference includes Dynamic and Action System Theory, World Health Organization International Classification of Function and Disability, and Adaptation Theory. A systematic model is presented addressing (a) the task objective, (b) task...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of two awareness activities on children's attitudes towards peers with a disability. The Children's Attitudes towards Peers with Disability scale including cognitive, behavioral and emotional subscales was administered before and after two types of short-term interventions. The first included 75 c...
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The aim of the study was to compare the effects of aquatic intervention with those of land‐based intervention on social function, perceived competence, and social acceptance in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Twenty‐two children (F, 17; M, 5) with spastic diplegia CP participated in the study: 12 in the aquatic intervention group (5.4 yrs ± 0.95...
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The purpose of this study was to describe international perspectives concerning terms, definitions, and meanings of adapted physical activity (APA) as (a) activities or service delivery, (b) a profession, and (c) an academic field of study. Gergen's social constructionism, our theory, guided analysis of multiple sources of data via qualitative meth...
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To determine the effectiveness of aquatic interventions in children with neuromotor impairments. A search of electronic databases that included MEDLINE, PubMed, ERIC, PsychLit, PEDro, Sport Discus, CINAHL and Cochrane between 1966 and January 2005 was conducted using the following keywords: 'hydrotherapy', 'aquatic therapy', 'water exercise', 'aqua...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between motor performance in the aquatic setting as measured by the Aquatic Independence Measure (AIM) to motor performance on land as measured by the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) and the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). Fourty- nine children with neuro-motor i...
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between personal variables of physical education students and their attitudes towards participation of children with disabilities and self‐efficacy (SE) in teaching students with disabilities in regular classes. A total 153 PE majors (95 females and 58 males) participated in the s...