Episode 29:

Adaptation Theory to Practice (Part 2)

Date released: October 2012: Updated: August 2017

Partners: Yeshayahu Hutzler – Zinman College at the Wingate Institute of Sport Sciences, Israel.

In this second part of Adaptation Theory to Practice and our look at the SEMA model from Israel, we look at the application of the model to real life practice. What are the steps that bring this model to life? We provide with a video presentation and our first ‘Infographic’ visual model of SEMA for your download.

This is Part 2 of the series looking at Adaptation—Theory to Practice using the SEMA model. In Part 1 we looked at the theoretical foundations of the Systematic Ecological Model for Adapting Physical Activities (SEMA) developed in Israel by Shayke Hutzler from the Zinman College.

You can download the full paper on the SEMA model from Part 1 plus a transcript of the two videos developed specifically for these episodes.

Here, we are going to look at how this translates into practice and the underpinning principles Shayke uses to implement this model. You will find a more detailed explanation and practical examples of SEMA in Shayke’s paper—what we have tried to do here is summarise the main points for you so that you get a good idea of how useful this approach is.

Below you’ll find the second video in this series that goes through a five-step process for implementing SEMA.

Shayke has also prepared a real life example of how he applies the SEMA model that you can see direct online. He does an adaptation analysis of a free style swim stroke. Take a look by clicking on the link under the image below:

The Inclusion Club—Episode29 SEMA modelSEMA Practical Example

Finally, to help you even more we have developed a quick reference info-graphic of SEMA. You can see this below and download your own copy for printing underneath. We hope you find it useful. Just click on the image to download.

The Inclusion Club—Episode29 SEMA InfographicClick to Download

Models such as TREE and STEP are really models that can be used in the ‘Adaptation Suggestions’ stage of SEMA. In many ways, good teachers, instructors and coaches do a lot of what SEMA talks about. But this model puts a more advanced perspective on implementing adaptations—one that we can all benefit from. In considering this model makes you look more closely at your adaptations—even looking at how you measure the various factors that influence participation, then these two episodes have been worthwhile.

Thanks again to Shayke Hutzler for his inspiration and commitment—someone that knows the importance of research, theory and practice.

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About the author: Peter Downs

About the author: Peter Downs

Founding Director - The Inclusion Club

Peter is Founding Director of The Inclusion Club and Manager of Play by the Rules – a national initiative to promote safe, fair and inclusive sport. Peter has worked for over 25 years in the field of inclusive sport, disability sport and physical activity including 17 years managing the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit.  In 2013 Peter was fortunate enough to receive a Churchill Fellowship to study models of best practice in inclusive sport and physical activity.