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Quadriceps assessment in professional soccer players
  1. S J Bennet1,
  2. P B O’Donohoe1,
  3. D Young2,
  4. G C Bennet3
  1. 1Edinburgh University Medical School, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  2. 2Research and Development Office, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  3. 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
  1. Correspondence to:
 S J Bennet
 Edinburgh University Medical School, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK;

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  • Competing interests: none declared