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Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults: a pilot investigation

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Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults : a pilot investigation. / Reddy, Peter; Dias, Irundika; Holland, Carol; Campbell, Niyah; Nagar, Iaysha; Connolly, Luke; Krustrup, Peter; Hubball, Harry.

In: European Journal of Sport Science, Vol. 17, No. 5, 28.05.2017, p. 638-645.

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Reddy, P, Dias, I, Holland, C, Campbell, N, Nagar, I, Connolly, L, Krustrup, P & Hubball, H 2017, 'Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults: a pilot investigation', European Journal of Sport Science, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 638-645. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1298671

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Reddy, P., Dias, I., Holland, C., Campbell, N., Nagar, I., Connolly, L., ... Hubball, H. (2017). Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults: a pilot investigation. European Journal of Sport Science, 17(5), 638-645. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1298671

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Reddy P, Dias I, Holland C, Campbell N, Nagar I, Connolly L et al. Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults: a pilot investigation. European Journal of Sport Science. 2017 May 28;17(5):638-645. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1298671

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Reddy, Peter ; Dias, Irundika ; Holland, Carol ; Campbell, Niyah ; Nagar, Iaysha ; Connolly, Luke ; Krustrup, Peter ; Hubball, Harry. / Walking football as sustainable exercise for older adults : a pilot investigation. In: European Journal of Sport Science. 2017 ; Vol. 17, No. 5. pp. 638-645.

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