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Swimming training for asthma in children and adolescents aged 18 years and under

  1. Sean Beggs1,
  2. Yi Chao Foong2,
  3. Hong Cecilia T Le2,
  4. Danial Noor2,
  5. Richard Wood-Baker3,
  6. Julia AE Walters2,*

Editorial Group: Cochrane Airways Group

Published Online: 30 APR 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 12 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009607.pub2


How to Cite

Beggs S, Foong YC, Le HCT, Noor D, Wood-Baker R, Walters JAE. Swimming training for asthma in children and adolescents aged 18 years and under. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD009607. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009607.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Royal Hobart Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Tasmania, School of Medicine, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  3. 3

    University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Medicine, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

*Julia AE Walters, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, Australia. Julia.Walters@utas.edu.au.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 30 APR 2013

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References

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