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Cost-benefit analysis underlies training decisions in elite sport
  1. Heath T Gabbett1,
  2. Johann Windt2,3,
  3. Tim J Gabbett4,5
  1. 1 School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2 Experimental Medicine Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  3. 3 Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  4. 4 School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  5. 5 School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tim J Gabbett, School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, 1100 Nudgee Road, Brisbane, QLD 4014, Australia; tim_gabbett{at}yahoo.com.au

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