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Walsh, J., Climstein, M., Heazlewood, I. T., Burke, S., et al. (2011). Improved body mass index classification for football code masters athletes: A comparison to the Australian national population. International journal of biological and medical sciences, 1(1), 37-40.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 110602, 110604

© Copyright Joe Walsh, Mike Climstein, Ian Timothy Heazlewood, Stephen Burke, Jyrki Kettunen, Kent Adams and Mark DeBeliso, 2011

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Thousands of masters athletes participate quadrennially in the World Masters Games (WMG), yet this cohort of athletes remains proportionately under-investigated. Due to a growing global obesity pandemic in context of benefits of physical activity across the lifespan, the prevalence of obesity in this unique population was of particular interest. Data gathered on a sub-sample of 535 football code athletes, aged 31-72 yrs ( =47.4, s =±7.1), competing at the Sydney World Masters Games (2009) demonstrated a significantly (p



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