Comparison of two sets of accelerometer cut-off points for calculating moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in young children.

Child Obesity Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia.
Journal of physical activity & health (Impact Factor: 1.95). 11/2007; 4(4):509-13.
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