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D. Jacobsen

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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Earnest Greenholt on Tuesday October 13, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to KIN 4800 at Louisiana State University taught by D. Jacobsen in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 33 views. For similar materials see /class/222586/kin-4800-louisiana-state-university in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University.


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Date Created: 10/13/15
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