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Agreement statement from the 1st international rodeo research and clinical care conference: Calgary, Alberta, Canada (July 7-9, 2004)

University of Calgary, Sport Medicine Center, Faculty of Kinesiology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.27). 06/2005; 15(3):192-5. DOI: 10.1097/01.jsm.0000160553.87755.2a
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